George grew up in the southeast part of Fresno California. He was raised in an one parent home. He was the youngest of the siblings. His mother was in and out of drug rehabilitation; and he was in and out of foster homes. He like many of the youths in the area struggled through school but eventually dropped out. He struggled to survive by working at part time jobs, but eventually succumbed to the drugs in the streets. First a consumer, and then a part time distributor to support his consumptions. Life was uneventful until he had a girlfriend and child to support. Eventually he fostered a relationship with a high school buddy who was stealing automobiles and dismantling them for parts. Life was good for George. He had money, drugs, and a happy family at home. But one day, on a fateful day, his good fortune ran aground. He was in the process of stealing a car when he was shot and killed. A short obituary. A short and meaningless life?
How can someone like George be helped? How can God help George? Suppose God punishes George every time he does or thinks something bad? I would think that George would become a good boy. But this would be like someone forcing George to behave, and not from George’s own volition. George would still has a selfish mind, and like a imprisoned man, will return to his evil ways when unencumbered from God’s reign.
Suppose some one told George that his thoughts and actions did germinate in the future, but not immediately. Every bad action resulting in suffering, and every good thought or action resulting in joy. For George, the relationship between the two may be too obscure due to the long period between cause and effect. George will not understand and will continue on the path to suffering.
Then how can God help George see the error of his ways? How about if God shows George his future. In the Tip of the Writing Brush is written:
This time, I shall make your future known in this life:
look at the disorder of the body. 5-2
Ponder over your suffering of the body
and then ponder the mind that leans on God. 5-9
Suppose God places illness or disorders on our bodies in relationship to how we are using our minds. If we have evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) in our minds, God places illness on our bodies. When we reflect and ponder why we have these illness, then we can remove greed, arrogance, and self love from our minds. With the removal of these evils, our illness is returned back to God.
But there is a caveat. George must believe that God created mankind to live a Joyous life. Without this understanding from the heart, George may mistaken God’s guidance as God’s punishment, and not be able to remove the evils in his heart. When George realizes that it is God’s guidance, then by his free will, he will be able to sweep the greed, arrogance and self love from his mind. When this occurs, he has planted the seed of happiness in the future. It will be a wonderful life for George!