Fall approaches. The change in season is almost magical, as if the crisp air which circulates about beckons, whispering to our souls of new beginnings.
Tabula rasa, comes from Latin, it means: clean slate.
You are capable of new beginnings–do you believe it?
Composing A Clean Slate
Look at your hands: gaze at your palms. Do you wonder what your own hands will touch, influence or shape? Tabula rasa, in Latin, means clean slate. You are capable of new beginnings—do you believe it?
Tabula Rasa invokes the Divine who wants to re-gift you with purpose. It involves dreams and desires coming into fruition. Think about the redeeming nature of Christ; we are offered His spiritual clean slate.
What matters to you, matters to Him—every hope and dream is relevant. This is not to say that all of our desires will be fulfilled, because sometimes what we want most is not God’s best.
There is beauty when your hands are intentional about cultivating the particulars of your life—they are able!
Relinquish Offense—one must absolve others in order for creativity to flow. Hopes and dreams are stifled if we harbor resentment. Let the salve of peace heal bitter roots. You’ll be more productive and happy in the long run.
Evaluate Your Outlook—are you an optimist? Or do you find it difficult to imagine yourself living out new opportunities? No pessimist ever ventured into uncharted territory; their desires remained shipwrecked. You owe it to yourself to evaluate who and what make your life better, not worse.
Replace Negative Self-Talk—do you find yourself saying: I’m too young. I’m too old. I’m not smart enough. Lady-friend, fear is an invisible giant who quells the life-force within. You CAN do ALL things through Christ who STRENGTHENS you! An unseen spiritual enemy rather you stay stuck in the mire of bleak circumstance.
Invest in Yourself—take an inventory of your strengths. What do you have a knack for? What comes naturally to you? Can you build things? A budding wordsmith? Does entrepreneurship excite you? Are you gifted in the area of administration or organization? Online and local community colleges offer low-cost opportunities to flourish in your natural abilities.
Ask God for Energizing Faith—it’s easy to take spiritual life for granted. A simple, earnest prayer for God to awaken your faith may be the spiritual awakening you need. Faith can wax and wane, we must be intentional to keep the fire of faith alive and active. It’s our life-line, what walks us through the thick and thin, friends.
Poet Mary Oliver challenged her readers, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is true for both the natural and spiritual. Desires fade as quickly as the verdant grass below our feet browns and withers away. So will you decide? You must nourish the spirit inside of you and taste earthly joy. The woman who decides to re-sculpt her life experiences joy and after healing comes hope.
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart, (Psalm 37:4).
Re-sculpting individual tabula rasa is a miracle. We must re-sculpt with intentionality. As a raindrop emanates the still waters of our souls, it is the ripple-effects which lead to greater hope. This is how tabula rasa blesses.
You honor God when you choose to cultivate the talents that he has deposited into your soul. As the new season approaches, decide what areas in your life merit a clean slate. Extending forgiveness? A renewed outlook? Investing in yourself? Where can you cultivate tabula rasa?