may I offer you something?

been learning something that many of you understand way better than me.

Most mornings I go into my church for 4.55am, do some exercises, meditation, bow to God and True Parents, pledge, pray, study, and share with others who are there about our different and common experiences.

But for all that to be kick started I have to get out of bed around 4.30am.  normally use 2 alarms with 10 minute interval on my phone. That rolling out of bed bit – is often the painful part. As I go from lying horizontally, to standing vertically, it’s hard to understand why, and hard to connect to what I will be doing 30 minutes later.

wake up and smell the coffee

We were discussing together this morning after our readings: I realised that the all important first part – of getting up – which allows everything else to happen, is about offering my body to God. Why, because then 30 minutes later I can offer what there is of my heart and mind.

In section 6.3 of Chapter 1, in the Principle, you will have to scroll down a bit, there is an amazingly clear explanation of how our physical and spiritual self interact. But the main point I always forget to remember is that there are these two entities that need to relate properly for ‘me’ to be happy and connect to God, and do and be all the things that I have in my heart.

This morning we realised that the action we make with our body, to get up a bit earlier, in order to make time for God, means that we make an offering, not in a dissimilar way from how all the Old Testament figures offered what was precious to them.

Bottom line is that our sleep is precious to us. And it hurts, a little bit, or a lot, to give it up.

There is a point where it stops hurting: when we have trained enough that our body no longer becomes the main offering, but instead we are more focused on offering our love and heart.

Here is the scary bit: lots of us get up early to get into work on time. Some of us start work very early in the morning and we get up despite the fight against our body’s tiredness.

Why? We want to honour our company’s commitment to us. We want to please our boss. We want to get paid. We want to move on up the corporate ladder.

So we are still making an offering. We are still offering our body for ‘something’. But when we miss bowing to God (takes 10 seconds). Or praying at the side of our bed (3 minutes.) Or offering our Family Pledge (few more minutes.) Or studying God’s word at some point along the way, essentially we bypass God.

And guess what, we now have a new god. We are still going through hardships, making sacrifices, facing challenges. We still make offerings. The sad thing is that with out realising it your boss/work/employer becomes your god, or if they are just a means to an end to satisfy what you need, then at least you have made yourself your god.

Now I know that might sound a bit dramatic. But think about it – if you do not bow before the invisible, all loving, omnipresent God – then ironically, because of how He made you, you make a false god.

In the cold light of personal realisation, it dawned on me this morning how much that time I make in the morning protects me from in the end, worshiping myself.

(obvious point really…of course this is all nothing super new, most faith traditions understand this on some level, just as Unificationists we must remember the Principle, which explains it so well,  still applies to us after we have received God’s blessing.)

Offer God your body today. God bless.

Simon

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2 Responses to may I offer you something?

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    Nigel Barrett September 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Rev Sudo used to talk about the Mountain of Musts. I must get up; I must do HDH, etc.. In my MFT days the Mountain of Musts sometimes grew out of my pillow – I just opened my eyes and it was there about an inch from my nose. I always wake easily but facing that mountain was often difficult.

    Most of the time we climb the mountain using effort,will power, skill, habit. Sometimes we give up as it is too steep or difficult. There is a better way however.

    The Mountain of Musts actually grows out of the sea. You can get to it by boat. If you look you see that the moutain actually goes down a long way into the sea: so we do not need to climb that part.

    The sea is our love. The deeper our love the higher up the Mountain of Musts we find ourselves and the less climbing we have to do.

    When meeting someone you love it is very easy to get up in the morning.

    I remember Mother telling us in tears one time that Father was so tired in the morning he fell over and cut his head. Mother said “Why go fishing today — God will understand”. Father replied that he promised God he would be there and was He was waiting — he could not let Him down.

  2. john kennedy September 10, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I find it difficult to keep up good habits of getting up early…it is true that when we have a very clear reason to get up we get up with alacrity..it is easy for me to make excuses especially when i dont get a very refreshing sleep in the first place..Is it really possible to train your body so that getting up early & doing without sleep becomes normal or easier? I usually find myself being irritable with a lack of sleep..we can get up early for many reasons like having clarity of purpose & schedule, the joy of life, enjoying the early morning quiet or watching the sun come up etc…

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