For this week’s meditation I return to a lesser known work of spiritual wisdom: The Gospel of Thomas. The Gospel of Thomas is one of the oldest known gospels and many historians believe it is the closest thing we are going to get to actual words of the real Rabbi known as Jesus of Nazareth…or at least until someone finds a copy of the Q document.
I’m going to pull one of my favorite quotes, verse 77:
Jesus said: “I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up a stone, and you will find me there.”
This line has no counterpart in the four Gospels adopted by the early church, which is very sad because of the beauty and truth suggested in this line.
If you look you can see God in everything. If you look you can see God in nothing. It’s a matter of faith. But what isn’t necessarily faith is the willingness to look for God in everything. Life to a great degree isn’t about outside circumstances it’s about attitude and choice. Happiness isn’t a reaction to outside events, it’s a choice. Bad things can happen to happy people and they are happy. Good things can happen to miserable people and they are miserable. It’s a choice not a reaction. And one of the easiest ways to make this choice is to look for the good, to look for God, in everything—it’s there if you want to see it, and not if you don’t.
This week’s meditation is again not one to be done in a lotus position while trying to focus on one thing (although doing that daily never hurts). This week you should look for the good, the light, God, in everything. You hate your job? Is this the universe trying to push you to something better? Something not go your way? Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned. Look for the good, and you will find it. See how that changes your mood, and maybe even your life.