It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WEEK 3 DAY 2 - SUMMER BIBLE STUDY

Making friends with your shadow helps facilitate your acceptance of yourself as a less-than-perfect human being. We have a dark side;
we are not all light.
William A. Miller


Whatever stands in the light, casts a shadow. Our cups cast a shadow when the sun shines on them. There is an obvious parallel between our shadow and our inner life. Anything in our inner world that is unknown or we refuse to accept is the part of our psyche that is in the dark. It can be self-esteem or the gift of honesty or deep compassion . The shadow can also be negative characteristics that we refuse to believe are a part of us such as stubbornness, greed, jealousy, hatred or self-pity.

Jesus was one of the greatest supporters of getting to know the shadow side of our personality. He was a promoter of truth and pressed others to look and discover their true idenity.

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5
How can you say to your neighbor: Let me take the speck out of your eye, while the log is in your own eye?

As I find the hidden places of my shadow, may I learn from the unwanted qualities. May I have light to see the underdeveloped aspects of myself and accept what I have refused to believe is a part of myself.

Because of my circumstances I live a pretty serene life. This is what I want to be -- calm and collected. But my inner self is often not that way. I loose my temper quickly and often become defensive when corrected about even minor things. Truly this is a part of me I'd like to have vanish. But, like the shadow, it's still there and I am far from perfect.


Today when I see the shadows,
I wll ask God to help me know and accept them.
'On Ya' - ma

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