Yes, Lord, I am a work in progress…YOUR work in progress.
I don’t believe I have ever claimed to be perfect, but I work every day to be a better person to myself and those around me.
I try to let God’s love shine through me by expressing to others:
This is how I believe God works on me each day. When I am able to focus graciously on the people around me, somehow, God ends up enriching my existence. I am proud to be a work in progress, because I know that no matter how bad today might seem, I will always be a little better tomorrow.
Praise His name!
This is what I mean about helping others…Dalai Lama has it right!
To be contented human beings we need trust and friendship, which tends to develop much better once we realise that all beings have a right to happiness, just as we do. Taking others’ interests into account not only helps them, it also helps us. Warm-heartedness and concern for others are a part of human nature and are at the core of positive human values.
I am blessed enough to be in a unique awareness. I am very aware of people in my life having certain purpose for my life. As if I was meant to know them. As if God brought them into my life as a way of teaching me, comforting me, guiding me, or encouraging me.
I truly do not mean this to sound ego-centric, though I suppose technically it is. It is just life. It is how God speaks to us. It is how God gives us the information that we need to process, contemplate, and regurgitate in our own lives.
These people in my life sometimes appear for a moment and some have been with me forever since. Either way, they shape who I am.
At one point, I just started referring to them as my angels. Though most people usually just call them friends. 🙂
Sometimes, people enter my life for just a brief moment, as if the “fates align” and all chaos in my world grinds to a screeching halt – just for one specific moment with one specific person – for one specific, life-altering moment of time. Maybe it is something they say to me…may just a gesture, but it is life changing!
Other times, my angel stays in my life for any period of time…even forever.
ALL of these people serve a purpose in my own life. It is how God works through each of us to comfort and love one another. This weekend, at my Women’s Wellness Retreat, we called it a “Community of Women” or a “Circle of Friends.”
My angels inspire me, love me, nurture me. At times, their presence in my life might be turbulent, angry or uncomfortable, but even those times ultimately bring to acceptance, or a different perspective…a deep, life-altering enlightenment.
I am so grateful for the angels that God has brought into my life. I am grateful for the treasures of life, laughter, tears they have given me. I am grateful for the love, motivation and comfort, as well as the challenges and diversity they have given me.
I also want to point out that God works through ALL of us – whether we want to or not. Perhaps you have experienced this as well. There are times in my deepest, darkest moments, when my struggles are burdening my heart from moment to moment in excruciating agony…when survival is my ultimate daily goal. My head is too full of worry and uncertainty; of my own emotional, physical, and spiritual fears. But then someone comes up to me and tells me that I have encouraged THEM! (With absolutely no intent or knowledge on my part).
That is when I realize that God works through me to show love, grace and determination to those around me. And I am humbled.
Praise God for the Gift of Community, Fellowship, and Life.