October 9

Reflection

During times of stress our responses say more about our lives than we might wish. A disconnection between our ordinary lives and our spirituality keeps us from responding to life’s stresses in a centered way. To face the difficulties of life both big and small, love and truth are needed. Authentic love is the result of Christ’s message of truth living in us.  It is not the emotion so often portrayed in our culture, rather, it is an act of will, a choice to give without thought of return, to try to see with God’s vision.. This is the type of love that enables us to live our daily lives in peace and harmony. Formed by our relationship with God, it is the base on which we are able to be discriminate in our choices. Our responses to the stresses of daily life reveal the symmetry between what we say we believe and who we are.

Prayer

Guide my steps by Your word.
Psalm 199:133

Action

When faced with choices in life, ask the question: “How is this revealing my love of God and others?” How do you respond to stress?

Suggested Reading

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:9-11

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Love God and do as you please.
St. Augustine

Practice kindness, particularly when you feel irritated or things are not going well. Kindness hardly ever goes wrong.
Lewis Richmond

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
Norman Vincent Peale

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.
Hans Selye

As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.
Rodney King

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
Mary Engelbreit

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Shultz

 

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