You know, some of my best listening time is on my commute, when I actually turn off my radio and get off my cellphone.
And then, you have to receive it. The day after my McDonald’s conversation, one of my professors said that faith is a two-way street — it’s a gift and it’s a willingness to accept the gift.
And whether you name the voice God doesn’t really matter to me. I think of it as holy wisdom, a gift that can only be actualized by receptivity.
But it’s also a gift that has to be tested to ensure that it’s calling you to build up and not destroy, to love and not hate, to do good and to resist evil in the world, and to respect the dignity of every human being and all of the rest of creation.
So ask, wait, listen, and receive — these are the four basic steps to dancing with your inner voice. And oh, what an amazing dance it is! It’s dancing with the best dance partner you’ll ever get.
You know, in my home — A number of years ago, we discovered this artist and storyteller named Brian Andreas, and he makes these interesting people sculptures out of wood and tin that explore what he calls a human community.
And we have one in our entrance foyer, and it reads: “In my dream, the angel shrugged and said, ‘If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination.’ And then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand.”
I see this piece of art every time I come and go from my home, and it’s a reminder of what the voice expects of me. I truly believe that human responsibility is about using the imagination that we have been given to help create a better world.
I also believe that the gift of imagination to create that better world comes from the voice.
And finally, I believe that the voice whom we call by many names and hear in many languages and meet in many places, even a McDonald’s, lives inside of each and every one of us.
And if we’d all hear and follow it, then the peace that we long for will come and the world will be made whole.
So remember, there’s really four simple steps: ask, wait, listen, and then receive the voice that resides in you, and follow wherever its dance may lead.
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