Surrender, Simplify, and Serve

I recently changed the subtitle of this blog to what I call the three S’s: Surrender, Simplify, and Serve. It is simply the process that I think can further help live the Kingdom of Heaven. To Surrender simply means to accept who I am. We are constantly trying to present a facade to the world, which I call the Ego. This is the fabricated self that we create when we don’t want to be hurt by others through rejection, ridicule, abuse, etc.   So, in order to prevent being hurt again, we create a false self, the Ego, to pretend that we are untouchable.  We manifest this when we say “fine” when someone asks how we are. It is manifested when we are formal and cordial in front of others.  To Surrender would imply the brave action of taking down the protection and admit we are hurt, accept our limitations, and be ok with it. It implies not being afraid of others’ rejection.   This will utlimately lead  us into yielding to God, which is the same as being “poor in heart”.  It implies loving yourself just the way you are (accepting God’s unconditional love), without  the anxiety of having to please the world.
Simplify would be the next step, which means to live in the here and now.   We often carry loads from our past, which can make us bitter or depressed. We also live in the future, worrying about what could happen or trying to live the “what ifs”. Simplifying means focusing more on the present and not be concerned with what happened (which cannot be changed) or what could happen (which is not here yet). The past is to learn from and the future is to plan, but the present is to live.  Not being concerned about trivial affairs, such as my appearance, and my ambitious longings, also helps to live in the present.  Don’t get me wrong, having dreams and goals is good, but being more aware of today will help me experience  life better.  It also means to look at the big picture.  Worrying too much about the details of life gives us anxiety that is not worth having.  We must remind ourselves that we are part of a higher purpose, greater than our trivial selfish affairs.     Finally, to Serve is what this blog is all about. To step out of my comfort zone, and reach out to help and take care of others. It also means to regard others as equals, regardless of their personal values and attitudes.

Surrender, Simplify, and Serve. I can easily see these qualities in Jesus. He surrendered His divine majesity, and obeyed God until His death. He prayed “Your will be done!” when He was tempted to do what His human nature wanted to do, but decided to do what God wanted Him to do.  He simplified His life being a homeless, without the vanity of this world, and living in the present with His disciples.  Jesus invited us to be meek like himself, and not worry about everyday affairs.  He served us by teaching us about the Kingdom of Heaven, healing us, and giving His life for us.  He said “I came to serve, not to be served”. This is my latest steps in my journey.

I want to know what you think about this subject.   Thank you for reading.  God bless.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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