Be In The World, But Do Not Let The World Be In You

“Do not get attached to worldly things and pursuits. Be in the world, but do not let the world be in you.” ~ Sai Baba …

Because we are experiencing this world each day, it can be easy for us to forget that we are in fact spiritual beings who are not of this world. We grow accustomed to our daily lives; it become a natural experience for us to relate with–to see ourselves as physical beings, bodies containing our souls, whereas the reality is the exact opposite. Still, we will someday part from this world, and it is therefore necessary for us not to let the eternal part of us become “attached to worldly things and pursuits.”

The promises and pleasures of this day-to-day life will come and go; just like your body, they, too, will eventually fade away. But the things that are not of this world, the things we hold within our hearts– love, compassion, family, service to our fellow man, happiness and joy, gratitude and appreciation, respect and dignity–will last forever.

Seek within yourself and find fulfillment. Give with purpose and receive with gratitude. Journey this life with the knowledge that this world contains nothing that you can take with you when you leave it, other than what can be held within your heart.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Find happiness and peace within those things that are beyond this world.

Questions to consider:

What worldly things and pursuits do you feel a sense of attachment to? How often do you notice this feeling of attachment?

Why do these worldly promises seldom come true? Can they ever lead us to true fulfillment?

How often do you take the time to understand your spiritual needs and the desires of your heart?

For further thought:

“May the things of this world so lose their power over us that we do not in the slightest wish to be “worldly;” nay, we even delight in not remaining “in the world.” ~ Watchman Nee

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