Whether one feels like his or her life is broken, busy, and/or blessed, each of us need some prayer and meditation time. Whether we realize it, or not, our mind, body, heart, and spirit need a moment of silence. In prayer, we speak. In meditation, we listen. This morning during my prayer time, I spoke to God my concerns, regarding the hatred, prejudice, violence, and division in our society. In my meditation time, I heard the words, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”
What We Focus On Expands
I’m curious, as you reflect on your life, what is your focus? Do you tend to focus on good or evil? Love or hate? Do you focus on past mistakes, a record of wrongs, or forgiveness? Do you focus on compassion, joy, unity, acceptance, regrets, forgiveness, and/or love? Whatever we focus on expands! What do you want to expand in your life?
Chatter or Charity
It can be difficult to change our focus. In my experience, I’ve found that in order to change my focus a need to listen to less bad news! I hear you laughter! I understand it seems impossible. We do have a choice in what we allow to enter our ears, eyes, minds, and thoughts. Sometime it’s better just to “turn off” the media and “unplug” from all the negative noise. You have a choice to add to the chatter or charity. Have found yourself tempted to add to the negative chatter? Or, do you find yourself longing to expand the charity in our world?
I Choose Charity
Is “charity” an outdated virtue only found in old books, museums, and the mind of a hopeless romantic? Ancient Scriptures speak of charity. “If I can speak in the tongues of humans or of angels, but do not have charity, I am nothing but a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. […] Charity never fails. […] And now there remains: faith, hope, and charity. But the greatest of these is charity” (1 Corinthians 13, KJV). “Let all your things be done with charity” (1 Corinthians 16:14, KJV).
The word “charity” comes from the Latin word, “caritis,” which means “Christian love.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word, “charity” as “the benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.” Contemporary translations of the Scriptures replace the word “charity” with the word, love. “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” “Love never fails.” “The best way to teach LOVE is to be LOVE”
What will you do, today, to be love? Great! Go do that! I want to thank you in advance for making your part of the world a more loving place. Thank you!
Let me say once more that I love you, one more time, or maybe two, and that I love the way that you love me, and the time that I spend here with you! Stay amazing, my sweet friend! On the Camel’s Back, Theo