I was talking with a young lady I don't know on the phone yesterday. She's the friend of a friend and she and he were having a long discussion of his problems; he's alcoholic, but loves to drink, a caricature of the Mickey Roarke character in Barfly, just got a second DUI, lost his job, lives at home with his mother, who is freaking out about his behavior, trying to get him to submit to taking drugs that might make his drinking untenable, but this kid drinks even when he's on the medication, drinks when normal people need resuscitation, has no desire to change a thing, but plays the game. He's part of the 90 %.
We were playing golf while this conversation was happening, so when it was his turn to hit his ball, he'd hand me the phone and I'd talk to this young lady who I don't know and it didn't take long before she was very curious about how I live without owning anything; no bills, no income, no worries. She wanted me to tell her how I do it and I couldn't because I don't fully understand, except to say that I'm connected to God in a way few people on this planet are, or ever have been.
And I'm part of the ten percent. That's the ten percent who are completely honest when they say they won't steal from you. She asked why people believe me when I say that and I tell her it's because I don't care about stuff. I care about relationships and the relationship I care most about is my relationship with God.
Honestly, I don't think God cares if I steal or don't steal. God would still love me anyway because I'm extremely interesting to God. I don't steal because I've learned that it doesn't help me in achieving the goals I hope to bring to fruition. All it does is hold me back. So many things that we think are a step forward in our lives, things that give us a sense of privilege, are often enormous steps backwards.
In the scheme of things, how you get what you want has more to do with your future sense of well being than the things themselves. And in that vein, how you get to God matters most to me. Remember, ten percent find God honesty. The rest just lie about their relationship and anything else they can think of.
I suggested that the woman and I go out and have a drink some time and a long talk. She said that she would enjoy that. Thank God she doesn't know me.