I do my best writing in church. Though I get get divine inspiration I tend to write off topic of the sermon. Why? Well I guess that's the rebel in me since I can remember. I feel safe and comforted while the pastor gives his weekly sermon. i mean there's no fear of punishment. But as I thought on last night's Bowie tribute event I was compelled to hear the preacher's word as they began to speak to me. I was indeed in the right place at the right moment.
Without going in the details of the sermon he basically talk about letting go of one's old self. and embracing the new. This hit me really hard as over the past 6 years or so, I have done just that. I think the best example of giving up old habits for new ones is my sobriety.What I thought was a a fun tool to connect and get acceptance from people over years actually did the opposite. It killed me. Year after year, that drink just got the best of me. What was so blurry before has never been so clear. Simple in theory but hard in practice, I see my break from drinking just that, a break. I know I'll drink again, but today I choose not to. And let me tell you the benefits have been nothing but life changing.
What's crazy is that I don't focus at all whats been lost or how difficult not drinking is. The benefits from more energy, happier friendships and liberating honesty simply eclipses the fact I don't go out anymore to mingle and drink. I have lost nothing and gained so much. Insight to me. So when the preacher said that when you have major lifestyle changes that have the power to wipe out sin and desire, I get man, and it works. You see and deal with everyone and every situation completely different. I get to make smarter choices in my life. But in the sermon they said make sure you don't cut yourself off from people just cause you found Christ. There's power in numbers. Prayer and service to others builds a real strong community. Yes, it's all about how we love one another.
When walking back back from Church in the cool clear day, I thought what a rebel Christ was. I mean the whole idea of loving your enemy and to love one another must have been seen nothing short of crazy talk! Hehe. I love people and will always give them the benefit, even those who choose not to be a friend. It's really ok, I see their struggle as mine, there is the connection that our faith during hard times can bring us together.
So what does this all have to do with Bowie? Well in short what better angel was there to teach the world to accept and love the strange? What a beautiful rebel he was. A true son of God. See you on down the road Bowie.