Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are all dead.
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? "Because someone bumped into me!" Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out. Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which will happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It is easy to fake it, until you get rattled. So, we have to ask ourselves “what's in my cup?" When life gets tough, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility? Anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions? Life provides the cup; you choose how to fill it. Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, and kindness, gentleness and love for others.
Friend of a friend
Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them
Jesus (Mark 7)
First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Jesus (Matthew 23)
If you want to know how you are doing spiritually, stub your toe
What comes out of your mouth?
You all know what I am talking about
If you want to know how you are doing spiritually, look at how you respond
to the tough things in life,
along comes Covid
along comes financial distress
along comes a person who is a different color, or one who speaks a different language
along comes a person who spouts hate
along comes an injustice
we are shaken
what comes out?
Do we respond to hate with hate, or with love?
Do we respond to want by hording, or by giving?
Do we turn our backs on the pain and suffering, or do we enter into it,
and respond to it with compassion?
How we respond is determined (and reveals) what is inside our “cup”
what fills our heart
I would like to believe, I would like to say
that as a person connected to the sacred, like a branch to the vine
I am filled with Sacred (the Spirit)
and that I would respond in a Sacred manner to those things that come my way
too often I respond with anger (there is a place for anger, but it must be anger transformed by the Spirit into redemptive anger – deep topic)
sometimes I suddenly find harsh words spilling forth
sometimes I find myself turning my back on the pain
or withholding love
Right now life is tough
I am appalled by the lies
By the disdain for human life
By the greed, and racism, and abuse of power
I see such awful things oozing forth from those with power
and all of the ugliness trickling down
seeping through the cracks in our souls
infecting all of us
until what spills out of us
do not honor God
I so need to take the time to stop
to connect with all that is Sacred
to let Love (God) fill my heart
to let love grow in my heart
to let love flow from my heart
so that when life gets tough
I am not piling pain on pain
but instead am there
with calmness, and love
nurturing peace and reconciliation
Life provides the cup; we choose how to fill it.
Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy,
So that what spills forth from us
Are words of affirmation,
and kindness, gentleness