“Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us,
the treasure which has been entrusted to you.”
2 Timothy 1:14
The morning had a bite to it as I shut the door and clambered down the front steps to start my walk. The sky was a pale blue, a welcome sight, given all of the rain we’ve had. My little dog scurried on ahead of me, stretching out the leash, eager to sniff new smells. I walked along and asked God to help me write tomorrow’s Soul Reminder. “What shall I tell them, God?” I asked.
“Tell them that My spirit is inside of them. All they need to do is to push their ego aside and they will find Me. They can rely on Me,” God answered.
I came to a house that had three beautiful yard chickens pecking around in the cool wet ground. The little guttural sounds they made filled my heart with joy. I closed my eyes and listened. “Thank you, God, for these small joys,” I said. I turned to head back home, to write the words God wanted me to share. As I walked the rugged pavement, I thought how easy it is to forget that we house God’s Spirit—how easy it is to rely on our understanding and not rely on God. I resolved to push aside my ego more often so that I am better able to find God’s spirit inside of me and to rely on it.
“Be kind to one another…”
Recently I have been the recipient of great kindness from people who read my blog at benzowithdrawalhelp.com and here, at soulreminders.com. Their acts of kindness have gotten me thinking about the power of kindness; how it changes everything in its wake for the better. Webster’s defines kindness as: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”
Think how your life would change if you woke up every day and set your intention to always be kind—friendly, generous, and considerate. Think of the good energy you would spread throughout God’s creation. The key is to be kind with no thought of anything in return. Be kind for the sake of being kind; because it’s the right thing.
Every night before I fall asleep I review my day. Was I kind and loving to all? Do I need to make amends with anyone? I think of three things I am grateful for and I also think of three kindnesses that were shown to me that day. I go to bed with a clear conscious and a full heart. What is the kindest thing someone did for you lately?
Sometimes, we forget to notice kindness. We take for granted people’s generosity of their time and attention. It’s good to be more mindful of what kindness is so we can appreciate it more, and cultivate it more in our lives. Be kind to one another!
“…shout to God with cries of joy.”
I woke up with a million things swirling around in my mind—the problems that needed solving. I was too preoccupied with my thoughts to appreciate the warmth of the shower, the taste of my coffee, or the stillness of the winter air on my skin when I walked my dog. Around mid-morning I curled up on the couch and started to share the problems with God when something stopped me cold in my tracks. Instead of going down my laundry list of worries and woes and needs and wants, I simply lifted my hands and my face to God and shouted, “Thank you!”
Instead of clouding my life with the thoughts of problems, I chose to feel the joy of being alive. The joy of being a part of God’s creation. I chose to lift my voice to God, not in a prayer of complaints or needs, but rather a simple prayer of joy.
I got up from the couch and all of the concerns from the morning fell away. My thinking was clear and calm. I felt free, like a child again. Lift up your voice to God with shouts of joy. See what happens!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
“You can’t grow unless you face the things that frighten you,” God reminded me when I woke up. I was supposed to tackle a task I had been putting off because it made me anxious.
“I know,” I sighed. “I’ll do it this afternoon,” I promised, as I ate my breakfast. The morning passed and lunchtime rolled around. I told myself I’ll do that task later this afternoon. The afternoon came and went. The sun dropped below the horizon, and still, I had not faced the task I needed to do.
As I peeled carrots to steam, God ask me, “Why didn’t you do what you needed to do?”
“I was too busy today,” I answered, but I knew that wasn’t the real truth.
“Hmmmmm,” God said in such a tone that I blurted out, “Okay…I was scared.”
“Why didn’t you ask for help?” He asked. “I was here with you all day.”
“I know. I just forget to ask,” I answered honestly.
“Whatever challenge you want to overcome, just ask for my help,” God said. He put His hands on my shoulders and I relaxed into the comfort of His love. I held a carrot in my hand and felt the perfection of God’s creation. I knew that everything was in divine right order. God held everything together, including my life and all of its fears and doubts. I am a part of this amazing creation, and the task I had put off is a part of my lesson and my journey. When I thought of it that way, it was no longer as scary.
I’ll do the task tomorrow, God,” I said.and meant it. “I’ll ask for help if I need it.”
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
I read the news with a heavy heart most mornings. So much hate in the world. So much prejudice. Today I went out on my morning walk and asked God what I can do to make sure that I am part of the solution, not part of the problem. As the sun warmed the cold earth, God put these words in my heart: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The Golden Rule. We’ve heard it since we were children. But how many of us *really* practice it? How many of us, deep down, understand that every person has the same needs, wants, and desires that we have? How many of us fully understand that we are all God’s children? We’ve all been thought of by God long before He called us into existence. We are all that amazingly special to Him.
Let’s stop seeing each other in terms of color. Race. Sexuality. Gender. Religion. Politics. Let’s see each other as a reflection of ourself—God’s child—and treat each other the same way we want to be treated; with love, kindness, and respect.
Jesus commanded us to love one another. How are you showing love to others?