I must admit that I am not one of those who worry about “getting to heaven.” What does concern me is being a good person merely for the sake of being a good person. It’s the like the slogan that appears around the head of the roaring lion in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films: “Ars Gratia Artis” – “Art for the sake of Art.” That’s how I look at trying to be a good person. Being a good person for its own sake. And frankly, when I do so, my life is blessed by the knowledge that I am somehow making a positive difference in someone’s life. Conversely, when I fail at this, my energy is drained, knowing that I have depleted someone’s life force by what I have done or said that is negative.
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable than sacrifice. (See Proverbs 21: 1-6) I can go to all the spiritual retreats, conferences, 12 Step meetings, worship services, or read all the self help material I can, but if it is not reflected in how I go out of my way to treat others well, all of that means nothing. If I am to be a son of the Universe and be a force of good energy, lining up with my Source which is all good and giving, then my supposed “spirituality” will be reflected in my actions. “My mother and brothers are those who hear the Divine word and act upon it.” (Luke 8: 21)