Sometimes I look at my life with regret-
That I haven’t accomplished enough
That I have wasted years being sad and depressed and anxious
That I tried so hard to do right and completely missed just letting God be God in me
But in the end it really doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that I am here now in this day and God does still live in me. There is just more of Him and less of me.
Thats what matters.
Be still and know that I am God.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. … he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11
I’ve followed the life of this goose for a while now. Somehow, he was left behind when his flock moved on but has been accepted into a family of young mallards.
Life doesn’t aways move in the direction we think it will. We have choices. We can make changes. We can adapt to our surroundings and be successful.
You have heard it said that “you create your own reality”. I believe it is a true statement.
I believe if we can truly grasp the concept that God’s spirit lives inside us then we can do anything. We affect change in our lives by going internal. Through prayer and meditation we can change our world.
I love this comment from Eleanor Roosevelt:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Sometimes when I am feeling bad, I have to ask myself why? Why am I feeding into it so much? Have I let others’ expectations influence the way I feel about myself? What I choose to do or not do is entirely within my control.
You can ask, and you can tell, but only I can choose. And what if I choose not to do as you say? Does that make me inferior to you? Nope. It does not.
So why do I let myself feel bad? I am not any less a person because I did what I wanted to do. In fact, it makes me your equal. So you take care of your own self and I will take care of mine. Should we meet in the middle and help one another, then that is fine.
May I love others and myself as I am truly loved by You, God. May I treat myself with the love and kindness worthy of a vessel that holds Your love.
“Sometimes we pray for God to change our circumstances when God wants to use our circumstances to change us.”
I’m not sure how I feel about that. Simply relaxing and allowing change is so hard for me. I am a doer. A controller. I take charge. I get things done. I know how to handle the situation.
But do I really? I have no omniscient sight that lets me see the future. I’m not pre-cognitive. But I do have God’s Spirit as a living breathing entity within me. We all do. God lives in us and gives us knowledge and growth so we can be more like him.
I know it sounds convoluted- let God be more God in us. But when I relax and choose not to worry and take control- when I relax and allow the Universe to create change in my heart, I become more the person I am meant to be- and those pesky circumstances will eventually take care of themselves.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says God, thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
Accept that I am loved and allow that Love to direct my day.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Often attributed to Gandhi
I read recently that Gandhi did not actually say the words I have quoted for you here but the author did not indicate whom he thought had said them. In any event it seems likely, the spirit of the great man is in the words.
Regardless of their origin, I do love how these words remind me that we cannot effect change by sitting on our hands.
If we have any value to offer our world it is in our ability to observe and understand where change is needed.
Then if we are able, we do what we can. No matter how small, our efforts count.
May I stay in a spirit of openness to see where help is needed and, be willing to make an effort. I want to BE the change.
Be still and know that I am God.
In all your ways acknowledge me and I will direct your path.
Today as I move through my day may pay attention to you within me. Leading, guiding, showing me how to live and love and be. A better friend. A better daughter and sister. A better lover. All these things matter to you because they matter to me. You love me and want to love others through me.
May I live in your love.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts.
Thank you Holy One for beauty on a cloudy day. Help me to see what you see and hear what you hear and think what you think.
Listen and see that our God is good.