Without love, what do we have? It’s hard to grow and flourish as we should when all we grasp at are our own fleeting and often unattainable desires. Think about it: When we’ve had a bad day, how often have we been thinking of ourselves? How often does it evolve around money, greed, jealousy and dissatisfaction? When we think about what we don’t have, instead of what we do, then we allow ourselves to wither.
The times when we reach out to other people and put their needs before ours, those are the moments when we are most at peace. A quote from Corinthians is often delivered at weddings, and yet it ought to be something we consider often:
If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,…
Look at the last line once more:
…does not take into account a wrong suffered,…
Forgiveness is often hard a hard exercise to do for someone; it can be just as hard to forgive ourselves. It takes trust to let go of past hurts, and enough determination to seek change. Often unresolved forgiveness comes back to haunt us and it’s a matter of letting go all over again. But just as our physical bodies become stronger with exercise, so our spirits are made stronger by spiritual work outs.
It takes approximately one month to rid ourselves of a bad habit, and so too in cultivating worthwhile habits. So what do we want to achieve? Self talk is a powerful weapon, either for us or against us. All it takes are the words we tell ourselves; what we are willing to believe about ourselves, and also what we aren’t. Our bodies are like the branches of a shading tree; what we nourish ourselves with is up to us.