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Tony Robbins or Jesus?

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten- Who knows

I like most people thought this quote was attributable to the motivational speaker Tony Robbins. I couldn’t understand why Jesus was whispering it in my ear today because what the heck self-help guru is going to help me? The whispers came after reading Mark 7:13:

You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things.

I could have sworn Jesus was talking straight to me. What did I do? I thought. He was yelling at the Pharisees, the religious leaders for taking what God had said and adding on, making it what they wanted it to be, making it fit what was good for them. They forsook their mothers and fathers “In the name of the Lord” when they took money that was earmarked for their support and “gave it to God.” My spirit was uncomfortable reading it, and although my first impulse was to blame them, my second impulse was to blame myself. Because Jesus is never talking to some fictional Pharisee, but rather to us, always to us…

I thought of some of the things in my life that had become “mandatory” or “traditional” or “what I do because I’ve always done.” And I didn’t think of it in the common sense of its usage like Christmas trees and cherry pie but more like what have I added, what am I doing outside of the scope of what Jesus taught. Not in a sinful way, but in  an “extra rules” sort of way like I’m not a good Christian if…

And I went to research that quote and lo and behold it did not originate with Tony Robbins. Nobody really knows where it originated although there is some speculation. But isn’t that quote in some way saying what Jesus said to those Pharisees? See I am doing a new thing, I know your heart and your intentions, you’ll never see me if you are buried in the “extra”…

Jesus redefines connection. He breathed life into the dead mosaic law. He told us that unless our hearts were in the right places, we’d never make spiritual progress. He continually challenges us to stop doing what we’ve always done so we don’t get what we’ve always got…

It is challenging to say the very least. To redefine our ideas about religion. To believe that God wants us inside the rules, not to be the rules. That the depth of life in the spirit exists in the messy quicksand of our lives rather than the pristine. That things do not always appear as they seem…

It’s a good time to examine our lives and ask the difficult questions, how are we living? What is the extra? Are we doing what we’ve always done because it makes us feel good and brings us comfort? Do we have to be in “ministry” to be with the poor in spirit? Are we too afraid to go outside of our comfort zones

To be continued…



7 thoughts on “Tony Robbins or Jesus?

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s easier to do external things than it is to work on yourself internally. For instance, it’s much easier to recite five decades of the Rosary each day than it is to pray one heart-felt decade. It’s extremely hard to keep your heart in it, especially, when your mind is concerned about other things. On the other hand, there are people out there with very real needs and they need to be helped. The Church also needs volunteers to help keep it going, so there is work that needs to be done there, also. I don’t believe that we can completely remove ourselves from ministry.

    If I had to choose a path I would say start internally then naturally work outwards. We just need to remember at each point we are working from where we are and we need to except that until we get to the next point. At that point we may need to change.

    My personal fault is taking on too much or diving into something without asking myself if it’s really for me. On the other hand, toilets need to be cleaned, too, so, perhaps we sometimes just need to pitch in where we are needed most. Who knows. I would personally welcome a checklist from God.

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    1. Great thoughts. I also struggle from taking on too much and before I know it, my heart is not in the right place. I am getting better and seeing more in terms of what is the right “ministry” for me and what is not. I agree with you that the church will always need volunteers, I think it is up to us to make sure we are discerning whether or not we are that person. Had I not been part of the home bound ministry, I never would have had my eyes opened as they have been. The last couple of days I have found that I am more in control, more able to discern where I belong and that has given me an awareness of who Jesus really is, and what He is all about.
      It definitely is inward movement that is many times vetted by outward experiences. I am learning to listen to the still small voice and when I feel overwhelmed with “ministry” start to ask myself why?

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  2. never been a fan or Mr Robbins, Oprah or any other self help guru out there… nor of such pie in the sky televangelists like that Joel Osteen fellow… to name but a few—
    as it becomes more about them and what can they do for you while they shout hallelujah and happy, happy, joy, joy with little to any mention of Jesus, let alone the real Jesus—the God made man of true redemption and salvation found in the nitty gritty buried deep within betrayal, falsehoods, torture, mocking, ridicule, isolation and eventually death…certainly not topics for happy happy joy joy—but rather it is the submitting to, the relinquishing of and the final denunciation of all ties that binds us to the happy happy joy joy seeking world…
    press on my little seeker—those who seek Him will always find Him

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    1. Yes yes exactly! Truth is found in the hardest, darkest places. I am learning to lean in, I am learning to let go. I am learning my purpose…

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