It has been a few days since I last wrote. Please forgive that but try to understand. Sometimes these things just don’t come that easy.
This topic (rules) has kept coming back up over the last few days. I have had discussions with friends, things have happened that brought them to mind, other things just seem to fit the bill. Any way you look at it, the topic has come to the forefront for me. And now I will try to share with you what this means to me.
I’ve always been somewhat of the black sheep in the family. Not because I was such a bad kid. Things are what they are. That’s all. Anyway, I challenged things, bucked the system (as it were), rebelled in my own way, and just generally did things my own way. That really hasn’t changed too much. I think my own way. I do things my own way. I really think that everyone does.
Rules are in place. Some of them are good and some are bad. Some are rules that deserve to be broken and others come with a high price. Some rules can not technically be broken. Laws of physics would be one example. Yes, I’m aware that even those laws are sometimes broken or at least seem to be. I say seems to be because if the Rule is broken, maybe it really wasn’t a real rule after all. What goes up must come down? Well, not always. Still, if you try breaking that rule without the proper equipment, the concequences can be catistrophic. And even with equipment, are you really breaking that rule?
Governments have rules. The Department of Transportation, FBI, IRS, etc… all have their rules. You can break the speed limit if you like. Sometimes you will get away with it. Other times you will have to pay the price. Schools have rules. Parents, skating rinks, the game of baseball, home owners associations, etc… all have their rules. We LIVE in and with rules all the time.
Some of the rules we have are self imposed. Cultural rules, religious rules, even rules about dating. Ever changing rules. It is very interesting how we so limit ourselves. How we set guidelines and parimeters, and put ourselves into little places and put our minds there too. We say we have freedom but that freedom has become limited by our own little minds. Not in size. In thought.
I’m not advocating breaking rules. I’m saying that there are rules that make sense and those that don’t. We have gotten to the point that we have lost the ability to think for ourselves. We’ve somehow put ourselves in a position that greatly inhibits our own growth. That is the growth of our minds.
Religious rules are some of the worst. The so called “church” has held the minds of people in such control for so long, they no longer even question what is being told them. The Catholic Church was one of the worst of the offenders for a long time. It is my belief that other churches are now doing as much harm. The blind leading the blind.
There are Baptist churches, Penticostal, Methodist, Presbeterian, Catholic, Unitarian, etc… None of them are alike. Southern Baptist believe different things than Independent Baptist. They would say this is not so but it is. I use them as an example because I am more familiar with the Baptists but even in each variation of denomination there are different views. Even inside each church, this class will have a different moral or religious viewpoint than another. Why? Because we are all different. Still, you’d think that there would be commonality. One God only has one view. One set of rules.
My God? (by my understanding) My God is Love. My God wants me to live life and live it more abundantly. Not by mans rules. By God’s rule. The rule of Love. It is for me to just be. Be what I am. Be who I am. Just to be.
Personally, I think rules are meant to be challenged. What our teachers, our preachers, our leaders of any kind say, all needs to be challenged to some degree. Avoid accepting things just because it was said by someone who is thought of as having the answer. They do not.
My father taught me well. Even as a small boy. I can remember his teaching me to challenge what I was taught. Even if it was from him. To this day I do this. Not him as he is no longer here. I challenge what I am taught. I challenge rules. I challenge what others think they know to be true. I even challenge what I think I know to be truth. To me, truth is the ultimate. Truth stands on it’s own and can not be defeated. Suppressed, yes. Defeated, no.
Not all rules are bad. Not all are good either. I’d challenge you to open your mind’s eye. The eye inside of you. The eye of knowing. The eye of truth. Only then can you begin to know and understand what limiting rules you are allowing or are placing on yourself. Only then can you really be free. Free to live. Free to just be.