Look At That…
What you see is what you get. ~Flip Wilson~
Look for the worst in others, yourself, and life in general, and you will typically find it…Look for the best in others, yourself, and life in general, and you will find it. In any given situation, our perspective, and how we “picture” the end result, has a tremendous impact on the outcome of that experience. Do you weep because a rose has thorns, or rejoice because thorns produce roses? If you have a tendency to look at things with a negative perspective, changing your point of view can make all the difference in whether you gain joy, peace and satisfaction from the experience, or whether it results in sadness, frustration and discontent. Take a step of faith and try it today, and you will “see” the difference!
Thought for the day
In 12 step fellowships the only thing that will make us stand out is our physical sobriety, our commitment to the program, our understanding of the steps and spiritual principles and finally our willingness to serve.
I was not able to make progress in my spiritual growth and understanding of the disease I suffered from and the solution until I stopped trying to figure out what made me different than the other people in the room. I had such an overblown sense of who I was, that even in a room filled with addicts I was still angling towards some evidence that I was unique and better than the rest! Today, after being in 12 step rooms for over 30 years I can honestly say that my true worth (how God values me) is no different than the immigrant who picks cotton and does not have a basic education. We are all his children deserving of respect, love and freedom. How about you? When you enter the rooms of whatever fellowship you attend, are you looking to fit in or stand out? Are you looking for the similarities in everyone’s stories or the differences? The moment we stop debating such heavy issues as which came first, the chicken or the egg, we will begin to grow!
He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor. Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out; yes, strife and abuse will cease. He who loves purity and the pure in heart and who is gracious in speech–because of the grace of his lips will have the king for his friend.
~Proverbs 22:9-11 (Amp)~
Discover for yourself that the LORD is kind. Come to him for protection, and you will be glad. Do you want to live and enjoy a long life? Then don’t say cruel things and don’t tell lies. Do good instead of evil and try to live at peace. If you obey the LORD, he will watch over you and answer your prayers.
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. ~Matthew 14:28-32 (NKJV)~