I was recently told a tragic story. A story about the death of a child, a family crushed by grief, and a guilty conscience with only one hope for healing. A child was lost to a medical mishap, a father blames himself and deeply resents the attendee. At the same time every year this family is destroyed again by the memory of this tragedy; the other children have been robbed of their opportunity to be happy; and a young nurse lives every second of every day in guilt and shame over their mistake. How can such a terrible situation ever be overcome? The answer is singular, pointed, and profoundly powerful! It is a one word answer… and it is undeniably the ONLY way! That one word is Forgiveness. The goal for today: forgive them that have brought you pain, forgive yourself, forgive everyone… and set every living soul free! Have a great day everybody!
“Our thought-life will be placed on a much higher plane when our thinking is cleared of wrong motives” ~Anon. Interesting… maybe my mind was cluttered & I had a hard time remembering things or sleeping at night because I had filled my thought-life with wrong motives. What are you thinking about right now? Are you thinking about what you can give to life… or what you’re afraid you might not get from it? Are you thinking about helping others… or about how others should be helping you? Are you running away from the devil… or towards God? The goal for today: clear out the fear based motives… & enjoy some peace of mind! Have a great day everybody!
Our father (not our slave master), which art in heaven (not in earth), hallowed be Thy name (He is all or nothing.) Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven (it’s our job to manifest God’s will here in earth). Give us this day our daily bread (are basic needs will be met if we do His work well), and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (not forgive me & maybe I will forgive others later). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (self-will leads to evil & temptation… God’s will will never lead us anywhere other than heaven). The goal for today: I’m gonna try to live the prayer… not just recite it! Have a great day everybody! Happy Father’s Day!
It’s not really my job to force my conception of God on people, but it is my job to encourage people to find & follow their own conception. I have come to the realization that just believing that there is a God isn’t enough; I needed to consult with this Power & when led by It… I needed to follow, to the best of my ability. I needed to be honest with myself about it & I needed to stop justifying my wrongs & making up excuses. If I spent half as much time building my own conception of God as I spent trying to disprove God, I could have avoided a lot of suffering. The goal for today: find out what you really believe in… & put the effort into living up to it! Have a great day everybody!
In order to find the real Truth, we must possess these key elements: open-mindedness, humility, courage & confidence. I can’t let my preconceived ideas close my mind, but at the same time… I have to have enough confidence to stand my ground once I do find the Truth. I have to be humble enough to know that I don’t know everything & then even more humble in knowing that there is always more Truth even after I do find some. If we seek the Truth, we will find the Truth… but we mustn’t get cocky, because there is always more Truth. The goal for today: Let humility open your mind, let confidence lead you to courage & let the real Truth set you free! Have a great day everybody!
The 4th step of A.A. is about taking a “searching & fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” And in the beginning, it was the “of ourselves” part that I had the most trouble with. I had mastered the art of taking everybody else’s inventory. I was highly proficient in pointing out everyone’s mistakes except my own. Finding fault with everyone except myself taught me 2 things: 1) Pointing out your mistakes doesn’t correct mine. 2) Nothing is more freeing or liberating than admitting that “I” am my biggest problem. The goal for today: search fearlessly for my own mistakes… & be understanding & forgiving in regards to the mistakes of others! Have a great day everybody!
Indecision comes from fear. When my mind is clutter with fear, it can be extremely difficult to make sound decisions. This used to be very frustrating to me because I didn’t know that fear was causing it… I thought I just sucked at making decisions. For example: did you ever hear someone say “my picker is broken” in regards to their choice of partners? Well, their picker isn’t really broken… they’re just scared & that fear clouds their judgement. The goal for today: know that helping others clears the mind, then the Truth appears & wipes away our fears… & that’s when our decision making processes can function properly & become more reliable. Have a great day everybody!