The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. ~William Makepeace Thackeray~
We’ve all heard it said a thousand different ways…"what goes around, comes around"…"you reap what you sow"…"you have to give to get", etc., etc. If you truly desire change in your life, and aren’t satisfied with what you have or how others treat you, quite possibly, the first place to look, is in the mirror!
Thought for the day
This is such a foreign concept, and it seems so unattainable, to love our enemies and be kind to those who are unkind to us, that we might be tempted not to start working on it and just give up. We should not consider that. For we know that many of the changes that recovery brings lead us to a higher ground and spiritual maturity. Let’s not accept that we’ve come as far as we can and accept minimal progress. No, let us continue to look at the mirror and strive for perfection in our spiritual progress. We need only to commit, no matter how difficult, to following the will of God…, which is to say, to grow in the image and likeness of our creator. If we do that we will recognize that often we may become the victim of another sick person’s dysfunction and rather than berate, criticize or hate that individual we need to do the right thing and pray for them.
And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them. Love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and the wicked. So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these]…do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released. Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over…
~Jesus (Luke 6:31,35-38 Amp.)~
Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave.
~James 1:22-24 (CEV)~