Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: Where Are You?

In this age of technology, quick fixes, and lightning fast communication it is all the more important to step back and ask yourself this question in regards to your spiritual life, to take a moment and think about your role in the world. Despite our modern age of psychological advances and many people find themselves missing something that cannot be explained, many people find themselves in a spiritual wasteland.

Are you stuck in a rut? We all need encouragement to really take a look at what it is that we're missing, what that hole is inside of us that leaves us drained and unmotivated.

Believe in your own worth as a human being, have faith in the differences that allow for each and every one of us to offer the world a unique and essential role in the bigger picture.

Many people get caught up in the monotony of everyday life and forget to see the bigger picture. While routines are okay, spiritual ruts are another story.

Can you imagine a world were everyone just did what they were comfortable with? It would be a stagnant, dead world null of passion and the driving force to excel if we never pushed our limits or our comfort zones.

We need to get out of our ruts. We need to spread our wings and do the uncomfortable work of asking ourselves where we are in our lives? We must ask what our purpose is, for we all should have a mission other than self pleasuring.

Many of us find ourselves "all dressed up with nowhere to go." We have all the tools we need to go where we want to go, but this means nothing without any direction leading our way. We all need a sense of direction. While ambition is a key component to success to survival in the world, we need to find that same burning ambition, within us; our spiritual ambition.

If we can get our perspective and priorities straight we can channel the zeal and ambition we have for worldly things toward righteous pursuits. We need to get on "fire" for ourselves and our passions. We need to find the inspiration, the calling within ourselves to live with purpose and direction.

Many people reach a point where they believe that they have lost their worth or value. This is a desperate call for we always have worth, if we are willing to open our minds and hearts. So if you think you have no value, you are mistaken.

Nothing disqualifies us from great accomplishments. Believe in your own worth as a human being, have faith in the differences that allow for each and every one of us to offer the world a unique and essential role in the bigger picture. This whole concept we've been talking about is as if you called up an old friend and decided to get together. They've moved to a different town, they give you the address and ask if you need directions. No, you say the great navigator that you are, and you set off to renew your friendship.

Take a moment and ask yourself, "Where am I?" Stuck in a rut? All dressed up and nowhere to go? Lost in self doubt? Get someone to pull you out of your rut.

Some people turn to their spouse, some even to a child for a fresh view, others to the Bible, or maybe to a physiologist. But, make the effort and get someone to help you get your priorities straight. Get someone to remind you of your personal worth.

Adapted from a sermon by Patrick Doherty as posted on


Nine Dog Peeves About Humans

1. Passing gas and blaming it on me... not funny... not funny at all !

2. Yelling at me for barking... I'M A DOG, YOU NUMBSKULL!

3. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?

4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose... stop it!

5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.

6. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Woooo-Hooooooo! Oh, what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.

7. Taking me to the vet for "the big snip", then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!

8. Getting upset when I sniff around your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.

9. Dog sweaters. Hello? Haven't you noticed the fur?

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