Within each one of us are powerful strengths, abilities and skills. Some of us are blessed with gifts of writing, teaching, listening, drawing, painting.
Others are blessed with gifts of speaking, leading, analyzing, organizing, patience.
Within each one of us is God. At our deepest core is God. This is the essence of who we are.
God is our inner love that yearns for compassionate action in our outer world.
Once you discover your sometimes hidden gifts, you must place them in action! However, you must temper the power of your actions with love.
The two must work together. Power without love is selfish. Our power is best used when the root of it is love.
Our actions when rooted in love are powerful!
How do we root our actions in love?
Contemplative practices can assist us with this process.
My contemplative practice is centering prayer. It slows me down and connects me to God.
I let go and let God act in me.
God’s actions are always rooted in love.
I encourage you to find the contemplative practice that will slow you down and let you connect to God.
P.S. Need some help finding a contemplative practice? Contact me. I might be able to help.
Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation by Phileena Heuertz
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