I merely follow, for I would not lead.
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Will it be my willfulness or my willingness to discern and follow God’s will that I follow? That is the question.
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step three, that we make a decision to turn our will and lives over to the care of God as we understand God.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which takes us eventually to discerning what God’s will for us is. This is a lifelong quest. Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. How many people do you know who live examined lives? Are you one of them? An examined life is one of curiosity, reflection, compassion, and reverence. We endeavor to appreciate the good, the true, and beautiful. These attributes are usually not of our making but something that we are blessed by when we are in a receptive frame of mind and heart.
Today, I merely follow, go with the flow, allow the world to unfold exactly as it would. Am I becoming the person I believe deep down in my heart God wants me to become, and doing with my life what it is deep down in my heart God is calling me to do? Polonius says in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, “Above all else to thine own self be true.” Polonius is not referring to the ego but to our alignment with God’s will for us. I merely follow, for I would not lead.