Living With Oneself
Turning that new leaf and doing a "make over",,,,
Where along our way today might we stop and even yield?
In a recent address a religious leader commented on a bumper sticker which read
“Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.” If it isn’t copyrighted, it should be.
The theme of the rest of the talk can be summed up in two words: “Stop it!”
Stop it when it comes to gossip.
Stop it when it comes to finding fault in others.
Stop it when it comes to contention.
Stop it when it comes to rejection.
Stop it when it comes to resentment.
Stop it when it comes to prejudice.
Stop it when it comes to bitterness.
Stop it when it comes to holding a grudge.
Stop it when it comes to withholding forgiveness.
Stop it when it comes to ignoring.
Stop it when it comes to judging others.
Stop it when it comes to withholding kindness.
Stop it when it comes to holding onto grievances.
Stop it when it comes to being bitter.
Stop it when it comes to refusing to change our own heart for the better.
So much of every religion is contained in those admonitions.
For example, the Dalai Lama, a revered Buddhist leader covers some of those same points in his “18 Rules For Living”
http://www.highexistence.com/rules-for-living/ . Those include his “3 R’s”:
Respect For Others
Respect for Self
Responsibility for All Your Actions (We might add for certain “inaction” as well.)
So much of the teachings of Christianity are centered around forgiveness and Christians are told that, if they won't forgive they will not be forgiven, for they are expected to forgive all men.
Mercy is another Christian teaching and Christians are told that being merciful allows them to obtain mercy.
Love is the central theme of Christianity and Christians are told to love even our enemies as Christ has loved them and us, and to love God above all.
The "Stop it" theme of the speaker's talk raises the "Stop" signs Christians are asked to observe and obey along their daily journeys. Like a traffic "Stop" sign, they insure that we can all proceed more safely, happily, and freely through each day.
Yes, some accidents will happen, especially if we insist that we are right and another is wrong.
Stopping now and then and thinking about where we are at, and where we want to go, even yielding at times when another may be in more of a rush for some cause we cannot know, gives a peace we can feel in a world we cannot always understand, but can always put in a clearer perspective.
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