Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Go To The Source

The AP Press reported this morning that the Dalai Lama is suffering from exhaustion. The man who many look to for encouragement, spiritual advice and leadership is, himself, suffering from fatigue during these trying times.

This may come as a shock to many around the world who have placed their trust in him. Wow. If the Dalai Lama is struggling, what hope does that offer us of less spiritual competency?

My aha? It offers us even greater hope in God. Period.

How many times do we look at others around us and place them incorrectly upon a pedastol - assuming they are beyond weakness, that they must have it all together, that they are above us spiritually somehow immune to our petty failures? Well, all humans, even the Dalai Lama, struggle. All humans fall short. All humans sin. All humans call out to the same creator in times of anguish, loss and suffering. And even those of great and noble character, like Mother Teresa, struggle with doubt, direction, and the meaning of life.

Whether you're struggling financially, in your relationships, with your health, or struggling with an addiction, you need new strength. When tough times come, and they do - even if you're the Dalai Lama - go to the source for renewal of your body, mind, and soul. THE Source. God.

Just last night I was reminded . . . in Isaiah 57:15

"I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts . . . (19) May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the Lord.

Tough times humble even the greatest leaders - reminding them to go to The Source of life, truth, and courage.