October 10th, 2014 § Leave a Comment
I have been out-of-pocket, as I cared for my mother after a serious fall and hip surgery. This is the one thing I have written during this time where my attention has been so focused on being a caregiver, and it is inspired by Romans 12:1-2. Being the adult child and caregiver is tough, and these words–although originally written as a blessing for my husband at his birthday–have comforted me as well. I can use my creativity and love to heal any situation.
So can you!
So here’s what I want you to do, so you might see God helping you—working in you and through you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life— your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing the gift of your life, which comes directly from God, is the best thing you can do for your life. Just fix your attention on God.
Feeling anxious? Fix your attention on God.
Feeling overwhelmed? Fix your attention on God.
Not sure what the next step is? Fix your attention on God.
Need to connect with others and support them? Fix your attention on God.
Ask yourself: What does God want of me in this moment? You’ll be changed from the inside out.
When we recognize what God wants from us, and quickly respond to it, we achieve peace. God always brings the best out of you, developing well-formed maturity in you. God never leaves you or wastes any experience you have. Everything can be used for God’s good—in your life and in the lives of others.
Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of God’s family. We were created with a purpose and with gifts. You have gifts! These must come into the world for God’s love and consciousness to be realized in you and in others. Be the person God created you to be and fully let your light shine—this is your spirituality. Let us be what we were made to be, without comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
You were made to be: a whole person, with a full and loving heart, with softness and kindness, creative and able to see things from all perspectives, intelligent, open to the moving of the Spirit, a seeker, one with eyes and heart open to awe, to be wise and understanding, a patient teacher, a good friend, a beloved partner, a nurturer, a parent, and the best damn hugger around.
You are loved and secure in that love. Loved by me. Loved by God. You are not alone, so stay connected to all of your sources of love, friendship, connection, and call.
I give you this mantra to hold as you journey towards greater personal authority, responsibility, and integrity (that place where who you believe yourself to be and the person you share with the world is in balance and the same):
I am God’s beloved.
Everyone my life connects with is God’s beloved.
I bring the fullness of my gifts into the world to honor God and myself.
I can meet any challenge because I meet it with my gifts and with love