When Life Throws You a Curveball


In his book “The I of the Storm” Gary Simmons declares that nothing is against you. And until you believe that you will never experience your true wholeness and worth. The only power at work in our lives is God. I think if we believe that we move through life with a deep sense of peace and comfort. We come to realize that anything we encounter is not here to punish or harm us but is a potential lesson for our spiritual growth.

  Pema Chodrin writes that she has a sign on her wall that reads, “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” In other words, we need to be willing to take risks to step out in faith. Then we discover how truly powerful we are. She describes visiting a friend who was dying of AIDS. He told her, “I didn’t want this, I hated this, I was terrified of this.” But it turned out to be his greatest blessing, because he learned to appreciate every moment, the people in his life and hence his life.

Ernest Holmes wrote, “Divine guidance is yours for the asking. The answer to any problem that can ever confront you already exists at the center of your being.” But he also teaches that knowing this isn’t enough, we must use it, call on it and expect that it will respond. When we stay surrounded in Spirit at all times we receive what we need. As Gary Zukov writes, “No question goes unheard, no question goes unanswered. Ask and you shall receive is the rule. But you must learn how to ask and receive.

Gloria Karpinski shares several tools for transforming our challenges into stepping stones for the journey. The first is accepting. We may not like what we are encountering but resistance doesn’t work. As Byron Katie says, “When I argue with reality I lose— but only 100% of the time. The second tool is giving up the victim mind set. Victimhood can become a way of life. Karpinski relates the tale of a woman who was abused as a child who says knew it was time to take off the banner that read, “I am an abused child”, because underneath it is a banner that reads, “I am a child of God.” If we can take a step like this we can face our future with confidence.


About revrgfox

Rev. Ron Fox serves as the minister of the Center for Spiritual Living-Space Coast in Rockledge, Florida. Prior to serving in Florida, he was the minister of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Peoria, Arizona; he has also served in Auburn and Seal Beach, California. Rev. Ron has served as an Ecclesiastical Representative, Chair of the Asilomar Planning Committee, and Chair of the UCSL Awards Committee. He is a gifted speaker and a published writer, and his inspirational style is coupled with a keen sense of humor, making him a favorite with audiences everywhere he has spoken. Rev. Ron and his wife Becky, a UCSL Practitioner, graphic designer and artist, reside in Merritt Island, Florida.

Posted on June 13, 2013, in Inspirational and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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