Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are – José Ortega y Gasset
Where the mind is, there will be the heart; we become what we think about. If that idea doesn’t halt you in your tracks, it should. Why? Our sense of self is totally reflective of our habitual thinking patterns.
What is our everyday mind-set? Is our attention always drawn to the flaws in people and things? Are quick to notice that the soup is salty and the chairs uncomfortable? If that is our mental habit, the ugliness and human failure all around us will also be apparent. Our self-images will wear those same faces: ugly, sad, failed.
We come up with a different picture, however, if we learn to look for the good, then we see other commuters on the freeway as fellow workers rather than as wheeled antagonists. Then we become aware of the care and love that cooked our dinner or bought us a birthday card. When we focus on the beauty in the world, knowing well that the opposite also exists, our self-images shine in the same golden light. Let us take charge of our thinking habits lest they blind us to the light.
Self-esteem reflects whatever light the mind shines on the world.
Believing in Myself – Earnie Larsen and Carol Hegarty
Lord, again I do not doubt my call to holiness, even though I am not faithful.
I do not doubt that You will fulfill Your will in me, in spite of all my cowardice and lack of effort, in spite of all my unconscious and even conscious prevarications.
You are God and you have destroyed my sins on the Cross before they were committed.
Keep me from sinning again, keep me even from material sin, make me avoid even imperfections, although so often I cannot even guess at them.
Our glory and our hope – we are the body of Christ. Christ loves us and espouses us as His own flesh. Isn’t that enough for us? But we do not really believe it. No! Be content, be content. We are the Body of Christ. We have found Him, He has found us. We are in Him, He is in us. There is nothing further to look for, except the deepening of this life we already possess. Be content.
Thomas Merton, August 20, 1956
Thomas Merton officially became a full time hermit on the Feast of St. Bernard, August 20, 1965
August 1 – My vision is no longer clouded so I need not walk on false hopes or broken promises.Obstacles are not put in my way to threaten me. Rather my vision is bright, the path before me is lit, I see the way clearly and I walk in it.With a new-found clarity, I go in peace and confidence, – Rokelle Lerner, Daily Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics
Where do we find this clarity, peace and confidence when it seems that the insides of our skulls and hearts are smoky, gray mess? We find the clarity in looking outside ourselves to our Higher Power who created us in love. Our Higher Power wants us to live in this congruent way where our feelings match our actions and our outside realities match our inner commitments. So many of us have lived so long on s steady diet of false hopes and broken promises as we have tried to find community in relationships, in churches, at, work, school or hope. We are disappointed every time. And the cycle of loneliness and confusion continues,.I don’t believe we are raising our eyes high enough to break the cycle.
As long as we keep looking to other people to meet our needs, solve our problems, be our center, we will always be disappointed, As long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we never will be. What does that clarity of life play out? An intentional growing faith in the Triune God, the joy of our salvation, the peace that passes understanding and living under the waterfall of grace.
I want to lead a church like that…that’s what the body of Christ looks like.. a place on earth where there is clarity, peace, confidence and sacrificial love.
There is an issue that you must settle in your own mind and heart. There are just some things that you cannot fix or make different. You can only make decisions about the things that are yours to deal with, and that does not include other people and their choices. There is little or nothing you can do about much of what torments your soul. Do your best to choose well, and trust Me with the rest, says the Lord.
Psalms 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
from SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS