Fully Alive

St Iranaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”

The chief aim of life is to be fully human, to find meaning in all that I am and do, a kind of explicit significance that places me at the centre of God as existence itself.

The Hindu word for meaning implies ‘breakthrough or release,’ the suggestion of  uncovering of what already exists, a conspiring of the universe on your behalf, the great uncovering of eternal consequence which resides in your heart, a DNA divine  that was implicit in your formation. 

As the psalmist says,                            

"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

My personhood is full of secret and unknown emergence that guides my evolution and becoming, the dust of earth which provides me with human context and the infusion of breath that somehow reveals my divine ordination, the holy orders of my futurity forever watching over my yet to be formed self. This mysterious me is guided by other-ness and grounded in this-ness, painstakingly growing into myself, learning to become comfortable in my own skin, choosing to like and love how God is forming me. 

Life is a mirror that continues to remind us of our true self as it is seen and understood, both at a personal and inter-personal level. What you see is what you get, or is it? As our eyes are truly opened to the wonder within, we will find a sense of  significance in this risky business called life, so keep looking deeper inside and be amazed and challenged to live fully alive.

"I’m starting with the man in the mirror                                                                  
I’m asking him to change his ways                                                                        
And no message could have been any clearer                                                          
If you wanna make the world a better place                                                        
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change".                                                      

-Michael Jackson