This morning as I was thinking about labels, I was reminded that so many times I just accept without question what these thoughts conjure up. These can be the behavior of a two-year old or a teen-ager; a certain occupation or political party; or even a religious sect. If one is not careful, it is so very easy to agree with the world’s thought about everything. Two of my favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 which states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today I will watch my thinking when it just seems to go into “auto” mode and will question those thoughts that do not come from God. If it is not creative, loving and blessing all, they come from world thought which are not mine. Our weather has seemed extremely hot and so many are complaining about it and if I am not careful, I notice my energy is limited. The need is there to refute those thoughts and replace them with gratitude on the many blessings we have. Where is our focus?
Yesterday, I read a post on Facebook that said “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Heaven had visiting hours?” Immediately, I thought “Yes, it does and as a matter of fact, it is open twenty-four seven!” Why do we think we have to relocate to experience Heaven when joy surrounds us? We have a choice on experiencing Heaven or Hell any time. It is always our views on a situation. So often, man thinks things will be better hereafter or here-later when Heaven can be right here, right now!
By being grateful for blessings we already have opens us up to more. John 17:1 reads “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:” Not tomorrow, but now.
Some years ago, I recall a book and movie entitled “The Stepford Wives” which depicted this town with robotic women who had perfect homes, humanly perfect appearances and not a human care in the world. Not only was this frightening to me, but boring as well. The reality is that we live in a Spiritually perfect world but we are to see through God’s eyes which are love. Sometimes there is a temptation to want everything to be perfect humanly, but that can never happen and the material senses will never make sense. Keeping our focus on God is the only way to see perfection, which will never have imperfection of any kind.
Romans 8:15-16 reads “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” This means spiritually, not materially.
As I pray this morning for more grace, wisdom, compassion, discernment and clarity, it dawns on me that a few years back, I would have been praying for material things that even if I received them, the happiness would be short-lived. This prayer helps me in my everyday life which has become more joyous even while having challenges. Spiritual growth does not need to be painful, which actually means giving up human will and ego and growing into appreciation for all the Good we already have.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” To me, that means praying and then releasing that request and then expecting only Good.
Instant Image by Donna Virgil Holden
“When you stand before the mirror, you do not have to wait to see your counterpart appear, or glass elucidate.
Nor does God wait for you to reach a slow perfection. Existing now, at one with Him, you are instantly reflection.”
We are now made in the image and likeness of that perfect God!
Today as I was pondering how Peter had denied the Christ after the Crucifixion and questioning that information, I was reminded that I do that daily when entertaining the thought that there is something not possible to God. The Christ represents the Truth and there can be no imperfection in perfection. To doubt God is to deny the Christ. Our every need is met by Divine Love. I Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Today, I will keep my focus on Good, God which dispels all opposing erroneous thought. Right where a challenge seems to be, the Christ is right there revealing the Truth to us! Only Spiritual growth is going on and that does not have to be painful!
While studying John 11 about the raising of Lazarus from the dead, it is so obvious to me that Jesus can only do that with Love in His heart and thinking. This is so much more than positive thinking but the realization that God is Life! John 11: 41 to 43 reads ” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always; but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”
As I go through the day and I work at keeping my thought raised, I can see limitless possibilities and the exact opposite happens if I let darkness enter my thinking. Becoming more and more clear, it is my choice on how I see things! My goal is to see only through God’s/Love’s eyes.
So often religions have been more concerned with human rules and creeds rather than the real issue of loving one another. Being brought up in the south, our Church was more concerned with our hairstyles, jewelry, dancing and rock music rather than the plight of the blacks in the south. To me that was the thought of the Pharisee which Jesus preached against. 1Corinthians 1:10 states “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” That says we all have the same Father, Mother, God! Shouldn’t we view each other as such?