High Resolve

January 25, 2018
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High Resolve

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In Masterful Living class yesterday we were sharing about our experiences of repeating the same lessons. It can be quite discouraging to go through similar experiences again and again. I know for myself repeating the same lessons made me feel like a total spiritual loser.

One thing that I often felt was that my promises to myself, my agreements with myself and my learning, would simply fade into the dark corners of my mind.

It was a great help and inspiration to me when I read the writing of Reverend Howard Thurman (1899-1991), a beautiful writer and considered one of the most inspiring of the Christian mystics in recent history. I share with you now a beautiful essay that inspires me year after year. I share it hoping that you too will draw inspiration and motivation from it as I do.

The Moments of High Resolve

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.

Despite the dullness and barrenness of the days that pass, if I search with due diligence, I can always find a deposit left by some former radiance. But I had forgotten. At the time it was full-orbed, glorious, and resplendent. I was sure that I would never forget. In the moment of its fullness, I was sure that it would illumine my path for all the rest of my journey. I had forgotten how easy it is to forget.

There was no intent to betray what seemed so sure at the time. My response was whole, clean, authentic. But little by little, there crept into my life the dust and grit of the journey. Details, lower-level demands, all kinds of cross currents — nothing momentous, nothing overwhelming, nothing flagrant — just wear and tear. If there had been some direct challenge –a clear-cut issue — I would have fought it to the end, and beyond.

In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading Presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.

Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.

From For The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman

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