The purpose of this book is to bring one person closer to God so they will have true joy and peace in their life. We can only try to be a better person than we were and are. There is hope for everyone no matter who you are or what you have done.
Many people are looking for something in their life that they have yet to find. There is a vague emptiness that defies to be filled. Money, fame, power, security or earthly pleasures still leave a void. Maybe it could be summed up this way: All my life my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.” This was found on a wall of a one-room apartment in a rundown apartment building housing hippies, winos, and street people in the sixties. It was on colored art paper, and the words were covered in glitter. Someone in this down-and-out place probably at a time in their life when they were as down and out as the place they lived in created this and hung it on the wall. It was the only thing in an otherwise bare room. Whoever came up with this was probably at one of the lowest points in their life and was digging deep into their soul and being.
They are not alone. How many people are there who are looking for something they cannot find because they don’t even know what they are looking for? “All my life my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.”
Maybe the answer lies inside of us. It must be something we can’t see or touch, but it’s there. It isn’t part of our physical being, but it is still within us. It is beyond ourselves. It isn’t in or even a part of our physical world. Something tells us it’s there, and so we seek it at a time when we feel we have nothing else. “All of my life my heart has sought a thing I cannot name.” No one can tell us what it is. No one can put a name on it. If this thing we cannot name is anywhere, it is in our spirit. This is only where true peace and joy can be found. Is this not the true deep-seated desire of every living being to live in peace and joy?
Our nature dictates that we are primarily concerned with ourselves before anybody or anything. This doesn’t mean that we can’t care about others or put things aside. We can and we do, but our self-preservation is still our top priority, the Me. It’s still all about “Me” and what we want and need. It is our basic nature, and that doesn’t change. What we can change is to put aside the “Me” to some degree. We do this when we love another person. We do this when we put aside a dependence on drugs and alcohol. The quest to become a spiritual person means putting the Me aside so you can be closer to God. It also means putting worldly things aside, at least some of them. We can have less and still be happy. We don’t have to have the biggest house, the most expensive car, the finest furniture, or a clothes closet that takes up a small room. The secret lies in moderation of all things. We cannot do without worldly things, but we can do with less. We don’t have to live in or practice poverty to be spiritual. We don’t have to put ourselves completely aside to be a spiritual person, and we don’t have to practice chastity to attain spirituality. This book is about finding a way to be more spiritual that is within our power to do as human beings.