Recently, I gained a new perspective about myself.
I’m a lot like Eden. Yes, I am referring to the location of the biblical garden of God. Remember Adam and Eve? Yes, that Eden.
Just like Eden, I am:
- God’s handiwork, a masterful and inimitable product of the creator of the universe. I am not a myth – Eden, contrary to what skeptics believe, was not a myth. It was a real place; I am a real person. Aptly, my parents named me Jenom, meaning, God’s wonder, in my language (Hyam)
- Well-watered, and amply supplied. In spite of the things I want, I’ve got all I need at any point in time. I guess David had this insight when he wrote the 23rd Psalm of the Bible (see first verse).
- Host to a garden. My heart is a garden planted by God and given to me to tend and keep in order. The state of this garden is very critical. It’s the hub, God’s focal point – it is where He ‘meets’ and connects with me ‘in the cool of evening’. It is the place where the choice for good or evil is determined. When I became a Christian, this is the part of me that was changed, completely transformed. The extent of my love for, and devotion to God is determined by the condition of my heart. For this reason I must, ‘above all else, guard my heart, for everything… flows from it.’ (Proverbs4:23)The heart is your most important tool to navigate life. Read more about this in a previous post (click here to read it).I cannot afford to let in the garbage that spawns the delusion that I should be in charge of me. I can only be in charge of me under God. Anything contrary will be a fiasco.
- Not a lone-ranger, in carrying out my responsibility of tending to my heart. From my wife, to people I have never met, but whose life and books I have read, I have never lacked people who have made, and are still making invaluable contributions to helping me keep my heart in order. You don’t have to go the distance alone. Navigating life is your personal responsibility, but it is not meant to be a solo affair. The input and support of others is a necessary part of the adventure.
Navigating life is your personal responsibility, but it is not meant to be a solo affair.
What do you think? Kindly share your thoughts.