Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.
Who is powerful? He that governs his passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody. ————————Benjamin Franklin
How content are we? Franklin says that no one is content and he may be right. How grateful are we for everything that we have? Do we appreciate the things we have instead of longing for what we don’t have?
We have to spend time thanking God for all the gifts of this life. Make a list and thank God each day. Use the list for your prayers.
Giving God, we are so blessed but we don’t take time to give thanks. Remind us of all the good in our lives and help us to be thankful. AMEN
I am not young enough to know everything. ————-Oscar Wilde
This “tongue in cheek” quote by Wilde is completely true. When we are young we think that we know everything. It is a shock when we discover that we know nothing. Science would like us to think that we can know everything but even science is not omnipotent. Science scoff at those of us who want to believe more but it is what I choose. God is omnipotent. He does know everything. His wisdom is beyond our understanding.
Omnipotent God, remind us that it is not necessary to know everything. AMEN
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are —————-Theodore Roosevelt
Too often we do nothing because we think we don’t have anything worth while. Then nothing gets done. We can always do something. If that something is your best then it is enough.
Lord God, remind us to use what we have, where we are to help the world. AMEN
O Lord, hear my prayer..………Taize Music
Today while writing for my blog worrylessjourney.com I was reminded how much I love the music of the Taize community in France. Their meditative songs help me to focus. The Quakers have a term “center down” and these songs help us to do that. Music can bring us close to God.
Listen to this sung prayer and reach out to God. AMEN
Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough. ——-Dinah Shore
I have always felt that sharing problems cuts them in half. I know that not everyone feels this way. However, we need to share our woes with the person who loves us the most, God almighty.
We don’t stop enough and spend time with God. We don’t pour out our hearts and seek the soothing peace of God. Tell God your problems and leave them at his feet.
Loving God, you are waiting for us to reach out to you. You are willing to shoulder our worries. Help us to seek you. AMEN
Pretty much all the honest truthtelling there is in the world is done by children.——Anon
Children do tell the truth. Sometimes a truth we would rather they didn’t tell. But we are called to be as children in the presence of God. God wants us to come to him wide open with no doors closed. God wants the truth…the truth about us. God wants us to share with Him and let him know our fears, our sins, and our joys. Share with God. Be as children. He will understand.
Loving God, help us to share all that we are with you. AMEN
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. ——-Buddha
We all want to do some great work and change the world. We keep trying to find our niche. The problem is that our niche may be the simplest thing. Each thing we do matters. There is nothing too small. Just taking food to someone sick may be the thing you are called to do. Don’t waste time trying to be things you are not. Be the best you- you can be.
Imaginative God, help us to see that everything matters and no job is too small. AMEN
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. –———-Rollo May
Apathy is a dangerous thing. It can lead us to do nothing and see a Hitler arise. We have to speak out against evil. We cannot ignore it. We cannot wait for someone else to take care of it. We must speak.
Jesus never sat back. He always spoke out.
Gracious Lord, help us to have the strength to speak up against evil. Help us to not be afraid. AMEN
Fear is not an unknown emotion to us. —–Neil Armstrong
All of us have known fear and we will know it again until life ends. It is what we do with the fear that matters. We may not be able to think it away or push it down into some dark place. The trick is to keep on in spite of it and hold on to God for support. I love the part of the 23rd psalm that says “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Comfort is available to us. We just have to ask.
Ever present God, you are there waiting on us to call. Comfort us in our times of fear. AMEN
No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. ——-Bertrand Russell
I am sure that gossip is evil. I am also sure that gossip is irresistible. When we hear something juicy about someone we just can’t wait to pass it on. Does it make us feel better? Do we seem less vulnerable ourselves? Somehow we do think that putting someone else down makes us better than…..but we are not.
We are called to love one another, have compassion and be kind. We are not called to gossip.
Loving God, forgive our sharing of gossip and remind us that we too are not perfect. AMEN