Tuesday, August 18, 2015

P4E.265 The Divine Within

The Divine within each of us speaks, encouraging us to be kind and generous.
It inspires us to do the right, though more difficult, thing.
But, there is no coercion.
We choose how we will think, speak, and act.
When we are aware of the Sacred within us, 
everything falls into order
and our thoughts, words and deeds
reflect that awareness.
When we forget that the Divine dwells in us, we unravel into chaos.
We forget who we are.
But, the Divine is patient and forgiving when we choose poorly.
So should we be with ourselves and with others.

Friday, June 12, 2015

P4E.264 It's Not Selfish

It's not selfish
or self-centered
to focus on yourself
if the focus
is to become
kind, generous, and forgiving
and less
angry, impatient, and judgmental

Friday, May 22, 2015

P4E.263 There is a God

There is a God
He cares about you
and is able
to manipulate circumstances
in real time
in response to the way
that you respond
to them

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

P4E.262 Forgiven

Some recent events have caused me to consider the topic of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of those things that you can't demand; like love, respect, and honor. I've come up with the idea that being forgiven is not a moment in time. Not a milestone, but a process.

The idea is that if you can be in the process of being forgivable and asking for forgiveness, then the person you offended can be in the process of forgiving you. If you stop the process, then the person you offended can also stop the process.

This allows the person you offended to set a reasonable boundary that prevents you from continuing to offend. Until you start acting forgivable again.

The forgiveness process also involves a sincere, heartfelt, apology. This is critical to the process, because it requires you to acknowledge that you did something wrong. Next, a promise to make every effort to avoid re-offending in the same way is necessary. Then, asking for forgiveness by physically, verbally, making the request completes a part of the process.

Finally, looking at being forgiven as a process, rather than as a moment in time, cuts short the idea that once the person you offended "forgives" you, you are off the hook and the subject will not, or should never, be brought up again. It just doesn't work that way. If you continue to offend in similar ways, then all the previous offenses will be brought to mind and the accumulation of them will be brought to bear.

I see no contradiction with Matthew 18 in this approach. In fact, I see it as very consistent with the slave falling prostrate and begging for patience. That speaks to a heartfelt commitment to a process.

What do you think?