Letters to Jesus (Recognizing What's Important)-17
There is a French spiritual writer named Fenelon who is often quoted by other writers. He was quoted in something I read recently saying, “...you donot need to acquire new knowledge half as much as you need to put into practice what you already know.” For me, what strikesclose to home about this quote is my strong spiritual thirst for the waters of continually new spiritual insights. All of a sudden it hits me that this path may be a diversion from living my life according to what I already know.
My contrary rationalization is that I must grow. Yet, constant pursuit might become something of a treadmill. The arrival at any new point of insight instills the desire to go another step farther, etc., etc. The consequences are that the pursuit morphs into the goal. When this thirst becomes unquenchable we need the words of one such as Fenelon to remind us that what we seek may already be there, but in our dash for new insights we may have left it in the dust.
I have written to You before about the “spiritual urge” which I believe is present in every human. It is something we know even if we ignore it. Fundamentally it is all we need. This gift, this grace, which is inherent and exclusive of all other “insights” is enough to move us toward that which we seek while, at the same time, not existing as a goal in itself. There is no need to pursue that which we already possess. The desire to pursue ever more elusive insights is a self-generated quest for embellishments of that which we already know.
At the same time, however, to ignore this “urge” and do nothing about it is to ignore Your beckoning. The ongoing pursuit of ever-increasing spiritual insights does not necessarily answer this call. The things we know simply: prayer, love, the examples of Your life and teachings – these are all we really need.