I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
Review of lesson #197 - It can be but my gratitude I earn.
When we do good things with good intentions will these efforts bring success? Does our doing these good things depend on success? If so, we have engaged in these good works with a wrong perspective. We do good things just because we love doing them, not for any reward such as success. Success is in the hands of God and far beyond our control. We do good things to be faithful not to be successful and in this faithful service is reward in and of itself.
It is suggested in Alcoholic Anonymous in step nine that we make direct amends to people we have harmed as long as it does no further harm. Often this making of amends can be unknown to the victim. Our making of amends is the rectification of the imbalance in the universe and in our activity of making amends the world is healed by our healing ourselves.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Often these efforts fall on deaf ears and hardened hearts and yet we continue to affirm and promote them anyway because of the healing benefits of these efforts for those who promote and affirm them.
Today, it is suggested that we take fifteen minutes at the beginning and the end of the day and several times in between to remind ourselves that it can be but my gratitude that I earn.