Spiritual Ripples

Statuary on the facade of the Duomo, The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy, 2012, taken by Martha M Wiggins

Statuary on the facade of the Duomo, The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy, 2012, taken by Martha M Wiggins

“Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measure to you.”  Luke 6:38

     You seek, you pray, you try, and still you do not find God’s will for you.  Everything you read, everyone you hear says God has a plan for you, yet still you can’t seem to find the way.  You are left wondering and wandering, not knowing what to do next.

     Maybe the answer is to make a plan to find His plan.  This might sound a bit ridiculous on the surface, especially when you say you have already tried to find His plan.  Yet, if it hasn’t worked so far, this may be worth a try.

     God’s overall plan for everyone, first and foremost, is Salvation.  He wills each of us to live in His love and to live at our fullest potential.  In simplest of terms He wants us to love, be happy, and to be saved into Life Eternal with Him.

     That said, we are each unique, and we each have special qualities that enable us to love and be happy.  When we have been hurt, beaten down, or tested beyond our limits, by the situations and circumstances of our lives or this world, we begin to lose those abilities and qualities.  We begin to lose ourselves.  When this happens we don’t know where to turn or how to begin again.

     The key lies in the simplicity of His overall  plan for our lives, to live in love, be happy, and be Saved.  Our plan to seek His plan might begin with something such as a positive attitude; a positive attitude that we share with others.  This can be as simple as a smiling good morning to a family member, passerby, or co-worker.  The key here is to then internalize their response.  Let their smile, their cheery good morning imprint your own heart.  If they do not return your smile, internalize the idea that they might smile at the next persona they meet.  Feel good knowing that you brightened someone’s morning.  Then, look for other ways and times to do similar things, such as letting someone go before you in line, or not saying that which is on the tip of your tongue as a quick comeback to a remark.  Internalize the good feeling brought on by the self control gained in each circumstance.  You see, the smiling, the helping, the biting of the tongue, is done whether or not you feel like it.  You win by gaining self control; others win by the nice friendly vibrations emitted by you, which they in turn pass on to others they come in contact with.

     This may sound like the long way, however, with our new positive attitude, our new found self control, and a desire to make those around us happy, we will be well on our way to finding God’s will for us.  Like a pebble tossed into a pond makes small waves or ripples radiating outwardly, so it is with personal growth and kindness. We make Spiritual ripples.  And even better than water ripples, Spiritual ripples come back to us.  What we put out into the world comes back to us ten fold.  The more we practice the positive attitude and share it with others, the better we are treated by others.  In this cycle we begin to find ourselves again, reflected in those around us.  We begin to feel like ourselves again, with those special qualities and abilities that make us unique.  In our uniqueness we find God’s plan for us, becasue in our uniqueness we are who we are meant to be.

     Begin your journey to find God’s plan with a smile.  I think you will find it also ends with a smile.

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