God, what would you have me say and do today?
the way you would like to be treated.
Live into this today.
Extend it from moment to moment.
Let it inform each encounter.
Imagine that everything you say to others
is being said to you.
Speak not from the standpoint of your
problems, worries, and fears,
but from your love, hope and faith.
Imagine that all you do to others is also done
Be guided not by your ego, agenda, or ambitions
but by your care for the joy
and well being of others.
You will deepen the well of compassion
you draw from,
increase the sensitivity of your soul,
and expand your spirit in new ways.
What a gift to give yourself today.
Do you want it?
Well, I tried.
I am amazed at how the daily guidance seems to bring up the very things that test me. It was hard work to keep my ego from being the one in charge today. I really had to tell my ego that it wasn’t the boss of me. I kept putting myself in the other person’s shoes as best I could, so that the other was not other, but same. This work did make me more aware of how I treat others.
When we do extend ourselves in this way, we can make a beachhead in another person’s soul and see him or her as even more than brother or sister. We can see others as ourselves. We can also become aware of how we speak to ourselves, and how we would like others to treat us.
Today’s message has ongoing usefulness for me. How did you do with it?
From Power for Life: Inspirational for Daily Living
David Preston Sharp
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