Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Healing from "Over-Attachment" To The Things of This World

Let me share something personal. I love my family, our home. I love my work, my books. I love people I serve, the dreams and aspirations God allows me to have.  Honestly, at times, I felt that I've become "over-attached" to them.  I acknowledged my imbalance. And I asked God for help to put these attachments in better, truer perspective.

Scripture teaches us not to be attached to the things of this world.  This earthly life is only temporary and transitional. We are all just "passing through."

Psychotherapist Dr. Archibald Hart once said that too many of us leave our attachments in this world unexamined.  He wrote insightfully, "An unexamined life is an unhappy life."

Reflecting on God's role in my own life, He's healing my "over-attachments." I've realized that He is the only One to whom I should be "over-attached." With this healing view, I'm able to better control my thoughts and feelings and place my love for people and things I do in this world in their right place.  My adjustment of my attachments within normal bounds aids me then to prepare well for the losses that will eventually occur anyway.  Everything fades. Only God stays. 

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."  (1 Peter 1: 24-25)

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