Perhaps in these confusing times it may feel difficult to focus on what’s really good. That tiny word “good” can pack so much expectation, desire, strength, pleasure and reward. For instance, we wait for a good summer, try to be a good person, give good examples so our children can be good people and have a good life. We desire a good career and good financial security and we want to enjoy good health and good relationships. Certainly these are all GOOD goals, yet what do they really mean? How can we truly make it happen? What if it doesn’t seem like it is ever going to happen?
To address these questions, it is necessary to first understand what goodness is. We can’t really try to be good because it could imply that we are not and the internal conflict would counteract the truest desire of expressing goodness. Goodness is not a goal to achieve. It is who and what we are! God has already designed us for goodness sake! God is and always will be GOOD and we have been grafted into His goodness as our divine inheritance.
Goodness is who we are. It is the intrinsic Light of God’s love just waiting to be released in everything we do, say, think and feel. It is already there and we just need to remember this truth and let it shine.
Remember when we were kids and we would put a flashlight on our finger so we could see the light going through it? That could be a metaphor for the light of our true nature shining through even if we don’t see it. Goodness, light and love are the attributes God infused within us. In fact these qualities are inherent in everything that breathes. He created all of it from His own essence. Trees, flowers, oceans, lakes, mountains, animals, sun, moon and stars are all shining with God’s goodness. Sharing a delicious meal with friends seasoned with laughter is His goodness and the touch of a loved one’s hand is His very special goodness.
Goodness is EVERYWHERE, inside and out, above and below us! Maybe, we need a real timeout to refocus so we can finally feel the good that is in us and around. Maybe right now is the perfect time to pause and feel the goodness in our hearts with every breath we take. It only takes a moment to breathe, feel, observe and remember the goodness of God… everywhere. Seek to feel it and release it for goodness sake
P.S. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8)