Can surrendering to "what is" sometimes be an excuse for laziness?
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
There is a difference between surrendering to what is and accepting what is. We need not surrender to anything, save the will of God, which is discerned through prayer and meditation.
The opposite of accepting what is would be to resist what is. Resistance takes tremendous energy. That same energy can be utilized to take that which is and make something beautiful from it – a far better investment of energy.
A good statement and question to ponder would be, “It is what it is. Now, what can I do with what is?” The best answer to that question will be found in quiet, relaxed contemplation of the inner Spirit. Do not be concerned about how rapidly the answer comes – just trust that it will come. When it does, take action.
Action taken from Divine guidance without resistance to what is will be found to be the most efficient and effective action that can be taken.
Accepting the present moment does not mean that we do nothing. It is not an excuse. It is a means, in fact, of minimizing the inertia that comes from our judgments about the insufficiency of the present moment. Acceptance clears the way for powerful, clean, clear action that changes our lives, and even the world, in amazing ways.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
When one is present in the now moment, in the flow of life, there is an awareness that knows when to act and when not to act. Surrender is not giving up, running away from a challenging situation, or making excuses for what is ours to do. The word surrender in its highest meaning is more about non-resistance and opening the mind to a higher intelligence.
Many of us have been programmed with beliefs that unless we are busy “doing” we are not productive and our sense of self-worth is identified in how much we accomplish. Sometimes we can accomplish much more by first being still and seeking divine guidance.
Through practicing the art of prayer and meditation one can come to know stillness and silence and tap into a greater reality that guides us and gives us assurance of right action.