We often fail to remember that God looks through each of our eyes. When He looks at you through the random stranger what does He see?
Divinity exists in each and everyone one of us. It is present in the girlfriend/boyfriend who cheats on you. It is present in the doctor who touches you with empathy. I know I am guilty of forgetting when someone frustrates or attacks me. It is very easy to see ourselves as right. It is very easy to become absorbed in our own little worlds. Absorption closes our eyes to the lessons God is trying to teach us through the eyes of people we meet. This absorption blinds us to how we too are instruments of God’s teachings.
One of the most profound thoughts I have ran across is the realization that, perhaps, everyone except me is enlightened. They are trying to teach me something. It is up to me to figure it out.
We often fall into the habit of teaching and not learning. This is a particular problem for me. When we are teaching and speaking we are not listening to the lessons that God is trying to show us. Our always-on modern society crowds out the lessons we learn about life from a stranger and even just a leaf falling. Cell phones, computers, cars, deadlines just demand so much. We are good at planning, teaching, and talking, but we are terrible at living and listening now. The future is where we place our focus. We forget the now, the people around us, the air, the clouds, and the grass beneath our feet.
Even the most trying people seek to teach us lessons. Even murderers can teach us compassion. God is in each and every one of us, speaking, crying, laughing, and sighing. Heaven or hell is our decision. We can either listen to God’s lessons or continue on the paths of ignorance, discontent, and hatred. Races do not exist. Ethnicity is just a difference of surface. People are people; we are each a part of God. Wars, hatred, and other negative emotions are created from ignorance and self-righteousness. We kill God when we kill another person. We spit on God when we spit on someone. Feeding a child feeds God; hugging another is hugging Divinity.
There are no true differences between people. What divides us is just shallow surfaces demonized by ignorant thinking. We make the kingdom of God a heaven or a hell. What does God see through your eyes?
…He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”