Navigating Struggle, Uncertainty and Crisis, Part 8: Challenge
with Rev. Pat Bessey
November is gratitude month, and both Rev. LeRoy and I are so grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for a speedy recovery and that he will be able to return home soon. It is Monday as I write this, and he is still in Bridgton Hospital.
Speaking of gratitude month, how are you doing with your gratitude journal and hopefully you are enjoying the daily gratitude message on our Facebook page.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it!
In a few words this sums up the message from Sunday. The eighth non-physical need was “challenge.”
We cannot become stronger physically or psychologically unless we are challenged. Challenge allows us to climb toward our highest human potential.
Paul K. Chappell gives us examples of when we might choose the taking the easy path rather than the challenging path…
- It can be easier to avoid confrontation and tolerate injustice than to improve our society.
- It can be easier to not take responsibility for our actions and scapegoat others than to hold ourselves accountable.
- It can be easier to remain stuck in old ways of doing things than to grow and adapt in ways that improve our well-being, along with the well-being of those around us.
- It can be easier to stay imprisoned in an attitude of greed and selfishness than to develop the muscles of our humanity – muscles that give us not just the strength to break free from the psychological prison of greed and selfishness, but also give us the psychological mobility needed to connect deeply with others.
- It can be easier to remain ignorant than to cultivate knowledge and wisdom.
It can be easier to have an apathetic attitude toward the suffering of others than to have empathy for them and join in solidarity with them.
Most of the harm that humans inflict on each other is caused by something that can seem harmless at first glance; however, at a closer look, it is humanity’s tendency to take the easy path. Taking the easy path often takes the form of choosing the easier wrong over the harder right.
The trauma of challenge is “powerless.” Alice Walker says: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
The definition of Power from Unity’s metaphysical dictionary is: Man’s (human’s) innate control over his (its) thoughts and feelings. A quickening from on high must precede his (its) realization of dominion.
“Ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8). God is All-Power, thus all things are possible with Him.
The mind and the body of man (humankind) have power to transform energy from one plane of consciousness to another. This is the power and dominion implanted in man (humankind) from the beginning.
If you missed Sunday here, you can watch the service above.
Also watch a short YouTube on Peace Literacy by Paul K. Chappell.
Next week we conclude this series with “transcendence.”
Have a great–full week!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey