December: Be Holy

December 05, 2018

If you were to ask people, I believe the majority would say they acknowledge a higher power which has the potential to guide their lives, regardless of how they worship.  Our country was founded on religious freedoms and Christian principles.  We exercise faith and hope in a God who will help us face our challenges and find solutions for them.  We want to believe there is still goodness in the world and in everyday people.

What does it mean to Be Holy?  Certainly not to be better than others, right?  Nor is it to go about doing good deeds so others may see your good works.  Could it be having our efforts sanctified because they are centered on love?  Maybe it's serving more from a grateful heart.  Because we have been given much we, too, must give?  Does it follow then to be holy is to allow our human natures to be changed and refined to a higher level of loving and giving, from self-centered to selfless, a life-long process that starts with awareness.

Let's consider a new Be-Attitude:

1.  Keep a Book of Remembrance.  Henry B. Eyring developed a habit of daily asking and answering these two questions.  Today . . .
  • Did God send a message that was just for me?  
  • Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children?
The act of remembering increases gratitude and a softening of the heart.  "Count your blessings . . . name them one by one.  And it will surprise you what the Lord has done."

2.  Never suppress a generous thought
  • If you think it, do it.  Don't second guess yourself.  Do it before the feeling is gone.
  • If you have kind thoughts, share them.  Too many times to count have I been glad I passed on a compliment - right when I was thinking of it.  I have also been the recipient of generous praise.  It is always a welcome treat and surprise.

3.  Lift where you stand

We all have something to give, a talent to share, a life to bless.  It's that simple.  Use what you have, do it a little more, and watch the metamorphosis unfold.  Pay attention to the condition of your heart - and feel it grow.

May your holiday season be one of Joy as you reach out to lift up.


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