The wisdom that found me this week:
Luke 16:19-31 The Message
19 “There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption.
20 A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep.
21 All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.
22 “Then he died, this poor man, and was taken up by the angels to the lap of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 In hell and in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham in the distance and Lazarus in his lap.
24 He called out, ‘Father Abraham, mercy! Have mercy! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool my tongue. I’m in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented.
26 Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’
27 “The rich man said, ‘Then let me ask you, Father: Send him to the house of my father
28where I have five brothers, so he can tell them the score and warn them so they won’t end up here in this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham answered, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.’
30 “‘I know, Father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but they’re not listening. If someone came back to them from the dead, they would change their ways.’
31 “Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.'”
Source: No Man Is an Island
The key word is trust. Trust everything that happens in life; even those experiences that cause pain will serve to better you in the end. It’s easy to lose the inner vision, the greater truths…. Along with developing a basic trust in the rhyme and reason of life itself, I advise you to trust your intuition. It is a far better guide in the long run than your intellect.
Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: “I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.” If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting; if we said it when we see ponds and lakes and streams, we would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers; if we said it to small children, we would have to stop abusing them…if we said it to people, we would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us. Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear, hot June day. We would change.
Source: In a High Spiritual Season
You need to be liberated. Don’t carry over experiences from the past. In fact, don’t carry over good experiences from the past either. Learn what it means to experience something fully, then drop it and move on to the next moment, uninfluenced by the previous one. You’d be traveling with such little baggage that you could pass through the eye of a needle.
The one who would be constant in happiness must frequently change.
Your every defect
is perfectly defined.
Your every blemish
is perfectly placed.
Your every absurd action
is perfectly timed.
Only God could make
Something this ridiculous