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Sunday, November 12, 2000

   People do not grow old; when they cease to grow, they become old.
                    - Emerson

I have observed too many people who allow Life to become dull, less than vital and almost life-less.  Many of us continue to live a Life that is less than what we truly desire because we just don't take the responsibility to "stir up the Spirit" within us.  We must take the responsibility to accept Life as more than our past experiences, more than what we see in the world around us.  We must take every opportunity to allow the passion within us to be expressed.  We must let go of anything or anybody that hinders this process.  If we withhold our passion, suppress it, postpone it or disavow it, we will lose it.  We will lose it in old age, illness, poverty, loneliness, depression and a myriad of other world effects.  I know people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, who continually look forward to new experiences, new adventures in Life.  At the same time, I know people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are beginning to show evidence of aging in their faces way beyond their years.  Why?  Because Spirit Is energy - Passionate Energy!  They are obstructing this energy, this Life-enhancing substance of God.

                Spirit is vital and alive!  It is the Life of us, the Joy of us.  It Is our Happiness, our Love, our Power.  It Is our Passion for living!  We absolutely cannot let anything diminish this Passion within us for living - absolutely nothing!  But, so many of us do.  We allow the temporary conditions and circumstances in our lives to suck the energy out of us.  We allow the world of effects to determine the level of energy we live in.  We cannot do this!  We cannot let anything stop us from lifting our spirits higher and higher every day!  We cannot let people, places or conditions determine our passion for Life!  We must stop living Life at a snail's pace and begin to cultivate a great and glorious Passion for Life!  Spirit cannot move fresh, new ideas and experiences through a mind that is consumed with the ordinary.  So our lives become dull or without passion - hell!  Hell is a life devoid of Passion!  We must release this stranglehold on our Joy and Happiness and allow Spirit to fully express It's Passion through us, as us and for us.  God Is Good and Good Is God.  If our lives are not filled with good, not filled with excitement and vitality, then we are suppressing our Passion for Life!  We are letting something obstruct Good in our lives.  So, how do we remove the obstruction?

                    We begin to fully live the Life that Is ours, not our parents' life, not our friends' live, not our past experiences, but the Life we choose for ourselves.  We begin to reject anyone else's idea of who we are and what we are about.  We are an original and our Life must reflect our originality!  A fully expressed, Passionate Life can look like ego to many people.  Why?  Because we see so few who actually live this way that we automatically think there must be something egotistic about it when we observe it.  But that is not the Truth.  We cannot allow the opinions and judgments of the world to obstruct us from it.  Yes, people will have their opinions and judgments, but they are just opinions and judgments, nothing more.  My wonderful brother-in-law, Dave, uses an expression from the 60's that deflects judgment.  No matter what someone is saying, and believe me, I have been around Dave when people have said some pretty interesting things to him, he just says "groovy" - whatever you think - "groovy" - whatever your opinion is, "groovy" - Dave is not moved by it.  You see, Dave has touched on that "thing" within himself that knows that people are going to do, going to say and going to be whatever they choose.  He doesn't let it become his problem, his opinion or his judgment.  So it's "groovy."

                    A Life without Passion is a road to nowhere - a dull hell.  Each and every one of us have experienced this at one time or another.  Words spoken without passion are not remembered.  Work done without passion is just work.  Be passionate about maintaining confidence in the Good in All things and All people.  Be passionate about discovering the Good that God has already prepared for you!  PASSION IS ENERGY - ENERGY MOVES THINGS - the energy in the ocean creates the waves - the energy in the clouds create rain - we must stir up this ENERGY in order to move our lives forward into growth and expansion, forward with new ideas, new adventures, to that something greater than we have experienced in the past.  We must seek that which creates even greater Passion within us, creates within us a desire for expansion and growth - we must surround ourselves with people who support our magnificence!  We must let go of the people, places and things that attempt to bring our energy down - that support us in being less than who we truly are.  If we don't - we begin to grow old, even older than our years.

THERE IS A POWER WITHIN YOU - It can lift your Life to its highest level.  It can change illness into health.  It can bring peace amid turmoil.  It can bring success out of failure, victory out of defeat.  It can bring companionship and happiness out of loneliness.  IT WILL RESPOND TO THE PASSION FOR GOOD WITHIN YOU.           

 And So It Is!           

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates