The Next Chapter of The Next Chapter with Charlie

December 2, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

NOTE

The Next Chapter with Charlie is taking a two-month break. After nearly 10 years of blogs and podcasts, we are taking time to consider a bit of refocus on our goals and reflections. Times have changed radically. I feel called to a renewed focus aimed at everyday spirituality. Please know, however, the show will continue to be practical and inspiring for living a life that matters… to you! Below are more thoughts.

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In that day, people will be so hungry for the Word of the Lord that they won’t even know what they are hungry for. And many will stagger searching for it.” The Prophet Amos

People are hungry. We know that something is missing, our minds are in a continual search for something more or different or even meaningful. What’s even more fascinating is that although we know deep in our gut that something is missing, we just don’t know what it is.

And so, typically, we seem to do one of two things: Our proactive option is found in a never-ending search for new careers/avocations or new relationships. And then there is the second alternative of numbing and ignoring the issue with what we called in the 60’s: sex, drugs, and rock n roll.

Hungry for Purpose

Each of us hungers mightily for a sense of purpose that lies beyond the satisfaction of securing items that feed our personal needs, like “stuff.” I am fond of referring to those things as power, prestige, and possessions. We hunger for purpose and meaning. Consider the boatloads of books sold by minister Rick Warren with The Purpose-Driven Life. 50 million copies in more than 85 languages.

What if the Next Chapter with Charlie was to be about filling your own purpose with social and personal acts of kindness? What if we focused less on personal structures for living a better life and more on living a life of eternal ramifications? What if legacy was not about You, but about the Impacts you inspired?

Purpose in Action

A meaningful life is one that is in harmony with Divine Intent. It is accessing a living in accordance with divine DNA. I’m considering topics like…

    • The Fruits of the Spirit: evidences of a God-led life: some of which are love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, and self-control.
    • Virtues
    • Kindness
    • Generosity
    • Divine Intent
    • Philanthropy
    • Compassion
    • Giving: time, talents, and treasures
  • Everyday Acts of Divinity

Speaking with Terry Hershey regarding a fresh direction for the my podcast I was reminded that Terry’s Sabbath Moment is about Celtic Spirituality—the holy is found largely through the ordinary. Acts such as love and kindness and acceptance are more than virtues. They are divine acts of grace shared with fellow humans, acts that are derivatives of divine nature. We are created, or spiritually DNAd, to express and embrace such virtues. They are acts of inner nature, not human invention, nor do they find their source in evolution. We can’t help but reflect our birthright, our own reflection of the divine nature.

Our refreshed show, as I think of it today, is about more than acting on love, with an intentional consciousness of the source of love and aligning that created/inspired such living. And the cool thing is that such living does not require religion per se. In fact, you don’t even have to believe in God to live a life with divine goodness.

Still… union with the Divine, in my opinion, is the grandest form of everyday spirituality.

Act with Divine Passion

And Discover Unique Purpose

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