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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Week 5 - DAY 3 SUMMER BIBLE STUDY



Too many of us consent, or are forced, to spend time doing things for which we have no heartfelt reason. If we were asked : Why are you doing this? - we would not know how to answer.
Parker Palmer


Life is a constant cycle of giving and receiving. The divine gift of love that we receive is meant to be shared. I can offer compassion with a selfless approach when I'm more conscious of my reasons for giving. If the reasons come out of 'have to' guilt, self affirmation or codependency, a 'fix'it' or problem-solving intention, my compassion has too much of 'me' in it.

The better we love ourselves, the better we can love others. Caregivers are often great at extending the gift of compassion but do it poorly when it comes to themselves.

Gifts are meant to be given. Gifts are meant to be received. True gifts are freely offered.

Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-45

For I was hungry and you gave me food
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink
I was naked and you gave me clothing
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
I was sick and you took care of me
I was in prison and you visited me


I would like to think that I give freely in every aspect of my life. Most of the time it seems that no one wants what I have to give. Most days I feel as if I'm reduced to offering up prayers as the only way I can be of help to anyone. I shouldn't feel as if this is a poor offering. God wants us to pray to Him. I think He wants us to utterly depend on Him for our needs. And if we pray, we are showing just how much we do need Him.

I do try to encourage others by my daily emails and my journals. They help to keep my family and friends connected and hopefully uplifted a little each day. In doing this I give myself a purpose , and a way to share God's love.

Today I will choose an aspect of compassion that I need
and give it to myself as well as others.

'On Ya' - ma

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