Week 11 - Throwing Ourselves In
Week 11 - Throwing Ourselves In
There is a Bible story I read years ago that I love.
The story of NAAMAN, THE LEPER as retold and interpreted by Kathryn Marie Bild
Naaman was a great warrior from Damascus. In spite of his military prowess and achievements he was also a leper, a victim of a terrible physical affliction for which there was no cure. He had heard of an Israelite monk named Elisha who could cure leprosy so he made the pilgrimage to Israel to find and petition Elisha to heal him.
When Naaman met the simple, unworldly Elisha he went out of his way to great Elisha with a degree of respect far beyond what Naaman felt was socially due to him. He thereby expected special treatment from Elisha. But Elisha simply told him to dip himself into the Israelites’ River Jordan to be healed.
Naaman was a great man but he also possessed a great pride. He took offense and rode away in rage.
“The River Jordan indeed! Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus better than all the waters of Israel?” he demanded of his servants, who were traveling with him. “May I not wash there and be clean?”
His servants answered, “Father if you had been asked to do some great thing, would you not have done it?”
Naaman got it.
He understood that he was being asked not to be great — which was EASY for him — but to be modest.
Being asked to do a small thing offended him because he had become used to doing only great things in his own way. He had accessed all his power and self worth that way.
That power had not been great enough to cure him of leprosy however — he now saw his pride had been keeping him from experiencing his true power. Humbled he did as Elisha had prescribed — his very action proving that he had been cleansed of his pride. He was healed.
Rob tells a similar story in his book.
He was asked to crawl under Christmas trees and turn on all the lights.
Crawl on the dusty floor.
Not speak in front of millions or appear on Super Soul Sunday or be a NYT best selling author (all of which he also does) but to crawl on the dirty floor and turn on lights.
We all have these moments.
Our sickness isn’t Leprosy just like Naaman’s wasn’t.
It is EGO.
And Ego tells us to never throw ourselves into anything that isn’t big, flashy, pays a lot of money or gives us a lot of attention.
And that friends, is cheap.
We all want to make big movies, write scripts that get nominated, win awards and have financial freedom doing what we love. But if we are not willing to throw ourselves in UNTIL it is for THOSE THINGS, then we will never get to those things. Those things come from throwing ourselves in to where we are NOW.
Rob says if you want to talk to large crowds, the way to to begin talking to whoever will listen.
Do you not throw yourself in because you believe what is here and now is beneath you? Be honest.
It is the only reason you are not throwing yourself in.
It doesn’t make enough money, It doesn’t yield something big.
It is the excuse keeping you from knowing your magnitude. To know your magnitude you have to know your gratitude.
“Throwing yourself into it begins with being grateful that you even have something to throw yourself into.” — Rob
You ACTUALLY, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, have something creative and artistic right before you. Are you grateful for it or wanting it to be more?
I sat on this new book I am writing for 3 months after knew what it was. My Ego is slick. Here is how she gets to me:
I can’t sell a book until my career is bigger.
I can’t write a book about acting until I have more credits.
And here is the truth:
Writing that book is the biggest gift of my life.
It is showing me everything I am to sit with and heal. I am grateful for it beyond any other gift.
“If you are destined for something more, that ‘more’ will only happen because you throw yourself into whatever it is you’re doing. This will always involve humbling yourself and doing what is in front of you, like crawling on a dirty floor under Christmas Trees.
How does the David and Goliath story start?
It starts with David bringing bread and cheese to his brothers at the battle. It’s as basic and menial a job as there is — the kind in those days that you would give to the youngest son.
You want to conquer giants?
Bring the cheese first.”
What are you humbly saying yes to this week. What are you grateful for that you get to be part of? What cheese are you bringing?