Many of you that have followed my blog, may know that I'm a devout Christian but I typically don't share my religion with others. I'm making a little bit of an exception for today because this touched me so much. I don't "not share" because of embarrassment or shame, I just keep things to myself. I try to follow the "Show, Don't Tell" philosophy of life.
When my world fell apart three years ago, I needed something to pull me out and get me going. My faith was part of that. I truly changed the focus of my life and while I still often take a wrong turn, I feel like I have found the right path.
Yesterday, our new priest read the Prayer of St. Francis during his homily. I had tears in my eyes because without knowing it, this was MY prayer. This was the path that I started following years ago and contains all the thoughts I have when trying to guide myself toward true happiness. I used to be very selfish in my feelings. What was going to make ME happy, why didn't everyone love ME, why am I always the one to GIVE? I realized that those weren't the right questions and when they would come up, I would squash them. Now I just have the words to help myself do that:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Whatever your beliefs, the message is clear...We GET joy, by GIVING it to others. SHOW, don't TELL.
Hugs to all!