February – 2017
The Wisdom of Marianne Williamson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
“It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
“As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.”
Matthew 5.13-20 (NCV)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its salty taste, it cannot be made salty again. It is good for nothing, except to be thrown out and walked on.
14 “You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. 16 In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your [God] in heaven.”
The Wisdom of the Dalai Lama
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
The Wisdom of Ellen DeGeneres
“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way I want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
Matthew 5.21-24, 33, 37 (NLT)
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD.’ 34 But I say, do not make any vows!…
37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is [evil].
Leviticus 19.9-12, 16-18 (ETRV)
“When you cut your crops at harvest time, don’t cut all the way to the corners of your fields. And if grain falls on the ground, you must not gather up that grain. 10 Don’t pick all the grapes in your vineyards or pick up the grapes that fall to the ground. You must leave those things for your poor people and for people traveling through your country…
11 “You must not steal. You must not cheat people. You must not lie to each other. 12 You must not use my name to make false promises.
16 You must not go around spreading false stories against other people. Don’t do anything that would put your neighbor’s life in danger…
17 “Don’t secretly hate any of your neighbors. But tell them openly what they have done wrong so that you will not be just as guilty of [error] as they are. 18 Forget about the wrong things people do to you. Don’t try to get even. Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 5.38-45 (The Message)
“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does.”
Exodus 24.15-18 (CEB)
“Then Moses went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The LORD’s glorious presence settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day the LORD called to Moses from the cloud. 17 To the Israelites, the LORD’s glorious presence looked like a blazing fire on top of the mountain. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up the mountain. Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.”
The Wisdom of Elizabeth Browning
“Earth is crammed with heaven, and every bush is aflame with the glory of God. But only those who see take off their shoes; the rest just pick the berries.”
Matthew 17.1-3, 5-8 (ICB)
Jesus took Peter, James, and…up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. 2 While they watched, Jesus was changed. His face became bright like the sun. And his clothes became [like] light. 3 Then two men were there, talking with him. The men were Moses and Elijah.
5 [Then] a bright cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud. The voice said, “This is my [Child] and I love him. I am very pleased with him. [Follow his instructions]!”
6 The followers with Jesus heard the voice. They were so frightened that they fell to the ground. 7 But Jesus went to them and touched them. He said, “Stand up. Don’t be afraid.” 8 When the followers looked up, they saw Jesus was now alone.