Gaudi: A dreamer who chose to follow the dream
Casa Battlo, Barcelona, © DS 2010
When I travelled to Barcelona, Spain, my desire was to see through my own eyes what I had read in books about the marvellous creations of the architect Gaudi.
Gaudi was a real artist, engineer and architect but, at the time he lived, not many realized who he was. Probably, only Güell who supported all his work and paid the bills. Gaudi, however, chose to follow his dream and the desire of his heart. That’s who he was, no matter what others thought. Today, millions of people visit the dreaming buildings he dreamed, designed and supervised.
Humans have the tendency to choose that they have no choice! It is an easy way to escape the ownership of situations; it is a good excuse for not bringing changes in their lives; it is a way to explain what had happened in their lives and point the finger of blame to others such as the politicians, the society, God and to anything else except their own selves.
The truth is that we do have choices and anything that happens we have contributed into, through choices that we always do but we do not acknowledge them as our own.
It has been quoted: “between stimulus and respond, there is a gap”. There is always a gap – it is up to us to decide its length – and it is the moment that we decide/choose how to respond. Nobody can take this freedom away from us.
We need to acknowledge this truth, so we can make the choices that they bring changes. Knowledge is power.
It is written in Hosea 4v6
“my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
Besides, we cannot change something that we do not acknowledge. As we recognize the power of choice and we take responsibility of our choice, we stop seeing ourselves as victims and powerless.
Knowing our authority of our own choices gives us the freedom to move forwards and stop crying over spoilt milk. In this way we hold our own power than give it to others, to the systems, societies, spouses and so on.
There is a saying: “people make mistakes and mistakes make people”. Yes, we will make mistakes but we learn out of them and we grow through them to better human beings.
By believing that we have no choice, we basically live in a denial and we fail to reach our real purpose and achieve our dreams.
The question is whether we have choices in our Christian lives. We read in the Bible:
“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,”
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
“He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.”
“They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction.”
“Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.”
“After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.”
“But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;”
I wish to stop here for today and allow time to all of us to think deeper on the above scriptures and whether we can choose; whether we can be responsible for our choices; whether God makes His choices, as well.
I pray that the Holy Spirit enlightens us to have God’s understanding and to reveal to us the power of choices, in Jesus Name, amen!
p.s. I consider Choice a gift in our lives, a miracle. When I realized that I had choices and I am not a victim, my whole life changed and yes, I do consider this change a great miracle as I found freedom, complete freedom.
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