The Four Jackets ~ Part 1

I’m reading Don Michel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. Reading chapter two I begin to see and understand that there is some things I’ve been figuratively wearing for a lifetime, like four tiny jackets, and none of the jackets fits me — not one of them ever did. Each jacket has sleeves dragging on the ground, holes in the fabric, and broken zippers. The darn things aren’t even a good color for me, so I look like toothpaste and feel ashamed, embarrassed, ugly and small wearing them. The jackets are created from words, thoughts, opinions and expectations of tradition, culture or other people. Don Michel says that breathing in the truth of the four agreements he describes will change my life. I believe that.

BE IMPECCABLE WITH MY WORDS, is the first agreement and it lines up beautifully with the Bible. This material is deep and beautifully intricate, but two of the main points I initially glean are:

  1.  The power of the spoken word, for both good and evil, regardless of whether our use is intentional or accidental. Words plant seeds into our hearts and minds, changing the trajectory of life.
  2. The need to prepare fertile heart-soil to accept seeds of truth.

Ruiz explains how God created EVERYTHING using the power of the spoken word. The gift to create comes “directly from God” and enables me to manifest everything (the good, the bad and the ugly) in life. Scripture says that life and death are in the power of the tongue. We have the power to create love, beauty and life by confidently seeking, expecting and speaking the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Gal. 5: 22-23.) The jacket I’m wearing, representing how I see myself, shapes and constrains my capacity to see the good, or even desire to see it.

According to the Bible, there’s no law against these! But, guess what… we can only receive these thought benefits, with a heart and a mind open and ready to let the seeds of theses beautiful fruits be planted and grown.

I’m curious, what are you believing about yourself and about God that prepares the soil for seeds of truth? Or maybe flip it and consider what you are believing about yourself and about God that makes it such hard work to believe that the world is filled with the fruit of His goodness and kindness…

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