When I’m in the throes of it, it can’t teach me anything. I’m unreachable. When I’m not in it, other forces, such as those that teach gratefulness, can equip me to identify and avoid the soul-swallowing force it is.
Today evokes nothing for me. But the question itself brings to mind the many people who have had my back over the years, including many for whom it must have been a thankless watch.
Currently, supporting one or two organizations who are on the front lines in that quest with occasional donations when it moves me. It’s a step up from mere good intentions, but I could be going much further.
Lately, the realization that the Father ,the son, and the Holy Spirit are able and gladly willing to do everything in me that I could never hope to do within myself.
Jesus Christ. But I often didn’t see this in the moment.
Coming from a Christian tradition, I am being reminded lately that anything I myself can do with what I perceive to be my wisdom and my talents would pale in comparison to what Christ could do with them if I could learn to abide and rest in Him. So reaffirming the place Our Father created for me in Him is my current best hope for responding to any current challenge.
Every person wiser than me who has said something hard that I needed to hear has bettered my spiritual life. – To shape it for the worse, all I have to do is trust my own good intentions.
I wish each person could learn to trust his and her Creator for who they are, what they need, and how they can serve. This would put an end to a multitude of sins, and bring justice, peace, and prosperity. – Heck. I’m still trying to learn this myself.
If a person to whom I have shown a kindness offers to pay me back someday, I can encourage him or her instead to seek to help the next needy person he or she meets.
If I were consistently to do what Jesus ascribes to the sheep in Matthew 25:34-36, I could be reasonably confident of making a contribution to a just world. – To contribute to injustice, on the other hand, would require only that I show the apathy Jesus ascribes to the goats in Matthew 25:41-43.
Sleep. Good night. 🙂
Grace is unmerited favor: the favor that is ours simply because God in His love bestows it on us, and the favor we then offer freely to others because we ourselves have no need to demand a return.
The weakness and vulnerability that are true to my mortal nature must be felt and accepted. The half-thought, half-felt notions that these are shameful failings must be identified as the frauds they are and discarded.
How we savor depends on what we savor. How I enjoy a book is different from how I enjoy a friend. But both require an investment of time and a high level of engagement.
Increasingly, by trying to listen to everything others have to say instead of interrupting with the first responses that occur to me. This practice seems to be inviting an empathy I have long lacked.
It helps me understand that I both cannot and need not have an answer for everything.
The gifts of the day for me are usually the busy moments themselves. To meet their demands, I have to push beyond myself for a while and and let the interior air out a bit.
Oddly enough, I need a command from Jesus to get curious and stay curious: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Otherwise, I’m far too content to stay in my own head, preoccupied with my disengaged and ungrounded speculations about the world and the people in it. The command, at least, gives me a goal toward which which I might apply myself, and the impetus to gather the information required to pursue it.
I would choose to be centered within myself, instead of merely self-centered.
Don’t we all. Don’t despair.
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