For being hurtful or thoughtless,
you should apologize.
For having your opinions or feelings,
you should not apologize.
When your fear or racism or selfishness
fly unchecked, apologize.
When you hurt someone—
When you do your best and you fail,
when you are honest
and others are uncomfortable,
when you disagree and people are upset,
do not apologize.
Apologize for being hurtful.
Don’t apologize for being who you are.
Steve Garnaas Holmes
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.”
“What is man that you take thought of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than God, and you crown him with glory and majesty!”
MY PRAYER today is for expansiveness. Glory in who you are. Speak your truth, and dance your steps, with the unique rhythm you have been given by God. What does the Desiderata tell us, ‘you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.’ God says something even more, you don’t just have a right, he has a design. There was a blue-print of you in heaven, long before you took your first breath. Tell yourself this next time you feel small. Its often as I write these reflections, I re-read the quotes I have used and I start to see how they tie together.
We are not to be reduced by events, Maya Angelou said. I would like to add, that by giving up our need to control our circumstances, we find the ability to ‘influence’. In Jeremiah 15, there are some inspiring verses, ‘.. you are to influence them, not let them influence you! They will fight against you like a besieging army against a high city wall, but they will not conquer you…” (Jer 15:19-20) The world would seek to reduce us in our own eyes but God would have us take his perspective. Today, may we remember that we are made a little lower than the angels and are crowned with glory and honour.
These are drawn from daily reflections and prayers which I write for my Chaplaincy colleagues.
6 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration, 27 Sep 16”
fabulous, love, so relevant to us all in knowing how to act and respond. xx mum
Thank you for your beautiful reflections Lisa! I have your page link on my phone so that I may visit your contemplative words often!
This is very insightful Lisa, and timely for me at the moment. Love your website xox
Thanks Vic. Appreciate you taking a moment to comment. Heaps of blessings to you xx
I’ve just started a blog too..still trying to get my head round how it all works…check it out, I’ve got one follower!! firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t seem to open your blog. Message me on FB and send me the link there:) Good on you. Look forward to reading and following 🙂