This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.” Isn’t that thought-provoking? Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help! My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well. Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude. ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted. There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger. Thank you, Father.
Sometimes it is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking everything will be better when we rid our self of some real or imagined pain, or a certain debt will be paid in full, or our relationship with another will be healed and on and on. John 4:35 reads “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” To me, that means thinking my every need is met right here, right now. Luke 12:32 states “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Nowhere in that verse does it say later or hereafter!
Today, I will be aware and stay in the present, knowing all is well today!
Many years ago I had read about the young Cherokee Indian boy’s rite of passage into manhood. Reread it again yesterday and amazed how touched I was. The legend has it that when the boy becomes a certain age, he must sit alone in the woods with a blindfold over his eyes an entire night without crying out. The blindfold comes off with the first ray of light shining. There must be so much fearful noise and imaginings going on in his thoughts, while sitting there alone.
As the first rays of sunlight shine through the woods and he feels the warmth upon his skin; he removes the blindfold to find his father sitting beside him and has been the entire night watching over his son. This just resonated with me as I thought about our heavenly Father always with us, even when we cannot see Him and especially, when our eyes are closed.
2 Corinthians 5:7 states “For we walk by faith, not by sight”
Last night I received a call from someone needing prayerful support while working through a challenge and seemed extremely aggressive. After hanging up the telephone, it took me some time since I knew I shouldn’t sympathize with the error but have compassion for the person working through it. Aggression wasn’t part of her true spiritual identity and I had to see her as God’s child reaching out. I noticed it took me time to rid my thoughts of judgment, but eventually Love dissolved that negative thought for me and I was able to pray successfully.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” That doesn’t mean from time to time, but all of the time. Help me, Father, to do that.
This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out. It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.
Luke 9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:” Sometimes, I just need to listen more.
This morning the verse of the day is Matthew 25:34 which reads, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” So many of us live our lives waiting for “the other shoe to drop” while inheritance means to take possession of what is rightly ours. Expectancy of Good shows us that Good everywhere as fear of bad brings that into our experience. We are always at choice! Gratitude, humility and Love hold the key to joy and happiness! Today, I will claim my Divine Inheritance.
There are a dozen of us who read an inspirational book each month and discuss it the following. This month we read “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom, which is about an elderly watchmaker and his two middle-aged spinster daughters from Holland during World War II. There home was a safe place for refugees until they were captured and sent to concentration camps. One of the sisters absolutely refused to hate the abusers and even smuggled parts of a Bible in to camp and read to all who wanted to hear. She lived by the verse from Luke 23:34 which reads “Then said Jesus, ‘Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.'” She knew that people would do better if they could.
It seems everything of late continues to point to “forgiveness”. Maybe there is more to learn about this subject and I am willing to do so.