Faith Fuel

 In this life, there are gravitational pulls…circumstances and situations that attempt to hold you back or to pull you down! These pulls mimic the force of gravity! Gravity is defined as the natural force that causes things to fall toward the earth.

1-fail fuelWithin these gravitational pulls, particles of matter tend to attract other particles with a particular force, in which the objects with more mass have the higher force.

Human beings are also subject to natural laws that closely resemble the laws of gravity…things tend to fall or to be drawn downwards! A major thrust is necessary in order in order to make the internal adjustments necessary to rise above and defy this pull!

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton proposed his law of inertia, which states that a body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Bodies will continue in their current state, whether at rest or in motion, unless acted on by a greater outside force!

With this thought in mind, I thought about this law in terms of the law of human inertia: The tendency of people, having once established a life trajectory, to continue on that course unless acted on by this greater force. That “greater force” is called the law of thrust, and is dependent on the availability of the fuel called faith– faith fuel; and when this “fuel” runs out..the production of thrust stops!

The closer I look at human behavior, the more startling are the similarities. People, like asteroids, are set on a path by those early forces and continue on that path throughout their lives, for better or worse, unless other forces alter its course. The trajectory on which our life inertia carries us may also be as arbitrary as that of the asteroid, because when we are young we have no more influence over the direction of our life inertia than does an asteroid over its course. Neither asteroids nor people choose their initial path, and, like the asteroid, we are often unaware of the course we are on or what propels us down that path.

Seeing people in this dynamic perspective completely changes the understanding of what it takes to bring change to the direction of people’s lives. We can now see that people aren’t “stuck,” as so many refer to themselves, when they are dissatisfied with their lives. In reality, they are moving at warp speed propelled by multiple forces along their life path. As a result, small forces such as a modest insight, a brief “Aha!” moment, or a nudge from a friend, simply won’t provide adequate force to counteract those that currently drive us. On the contrary, because of the great forces that are already controlling our lives, even greater forces must be applied if there is going to be significant change.

If we could step back and look at the path of our lives, many of us might see that we are, in significant ways still on the same trajectory, still reacting to the world much as we did when we were children. We might, for example, still be carrying a hair-trigger resentment of authority or be trying hard to please others as opposed to meeting our own needs.

Why might we still be acting in ways that are no longer useful to us? Because many of those childhood experiences still control us. We can see their presence in the attitudes and beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world, the emotions that dominate our lives, and whether the decisions we make and the actions we take are beneficial or harmful to us.

We can get clues about what’s controlling us by looking at the jobs we hold, the people with whom we surround ourselves, the activities in which we participate, and the routines that we follow. But the ultimate clue is whether we believe that we are in control of the direction of our lives.

People may feel helpless to change the course of their lives, but as much as they may want or have tried to, some people just can’t seem to alter its trajectory. The reason that change is so difficult is that “law of human motion.”

If people are going to change, they will need to apply forces that are greater than the forces currently controlling the direction of their lives. To slow down, change direction, and go where you want to go will take a huge amount of “fresh energy”…called thrust!

Fortunately, we are not asteroids hurtling through space, lifeless pieces of rock over which we have no control. We are much more like spaceships — full of capabilities that are ready to be harnessed and directed if only we know how — that we have not had control of through most of our lives. We can gain control of that spaceship that is our life, and we can become the masters of the journey of our lives. We can achieve total command and be free to “explore, seek out new life and to boldly go where “not many has gone before.”

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