“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.” - Alex Noble
What brings me peace? When do I consider my day successful?
“Good is the enemy of great.” - Jim Collins
In what ways can I go from good to great? To keep from being overwhelmed, how do I know when good is good enough?
“Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is at the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Without love what do we live for?”
How is love rooted in my life?
“Expectations become definitions.” - Sue Bender
Does this frustrate me or am I comfortable with such definitions?
“Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.” - Barbara Jordan
How can I love better?
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
- Henry David Thoreau
What is it that I am pursuing? Am I on the path that will reach my goal?
“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give us happiness.” - Thomas Jefferson
Where do I find serenity and satisfaction?
“Time teaches and time disappears...The purpose of time is not accumulation. The purpose of time is to alert us to ourselves so that we can become the only thing it is really worth our time to be: a totally human, deeply spiritual human being.” - Joan Chittister, OSB, from Growing Into Life
How can I become a more deeply spiritual human being?
“The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a life well-spent is eternal.” - Cicero
In what ways do I make the most of my life?
“Would any among you give a stone to your
child who is asking you for bread? Or if your
child asks for fish, will you hand over a
poisonous snake? If you then, who can do
wrong, give good gifts to your children, don’t
you think that your Father in heaven
will give you good things when you ask?” - Matthew 7: 9-11
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
What thing must I do?
"Even to your old age I am your God.
Even when your hair turns gray,
I will carry you.
I have always supported you, and I will continue.
I will carry you to safety." - Isaiah 46:4
"We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." - Maya Angelou
What image do I envision when considering diversity in my life?
"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty." - Henry Frederic Ameil
What difficulties have I conquered recently?
“My soul is a mirror of God
my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.
God has looked with favor on my lowliness.
Surely from now on, generations will call
God has done great things in me;
holy is God’s name.” - Luke 1: 46-49
“Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests.” - Lance Armstrong
What are my life’s commitments?
“You are a glorious crown of beauty
in the hand of God,
a royal diadem held lovingly,
for your God rejoices in you.”
- Isaiah 62: 3-4
“The Latin root for the word ‘perfect’ means only ‘finished’, not ‘without flaws.’...to be whole doesn’t mean we have to be perfect.” - Sue Bender
“...the word ‘perfect’ really means, be who God intended you to be; be fully mature and ripe. That’s a much more inviting concept than our usual idea of perfect, which is rooted in perfectionism.” - Kathleen Norris
When do I have unrealistic expectations for myself? For others?
“You formed all the inner parts of my body.
You knit them together while I was in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderful.” - Psalm 139: 13-14
“The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.” - Samuel Johnson
What brings me joy in my life?
“All that happens to us works together for our good as we love God and respond to God's call and purpose.” - Romans 8:28
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Which areas of my life are in harmony? Which are dissonant?
“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
- Thomas Paine
What character traits do I value in a person? Do I see those traits in myself?
“Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” - Psalm 10:1
“Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.” - Kim Lyons
What one thing can I do today to spend my time wisely? What does “wisely” mean to me?
“Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne
What qualities do I possess that make me special?
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, in humility consider others better than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:3
“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
What transformations in my life have helped me feel secure?
“By having reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life, we become good, deep and alive.”
- Albert Schweitzer
How do I practice reverence for life?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
- Galatians 5:22-23a
Verse of the day
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
- Luke 13:22 (NIV)
Voice of the day
To be where Jesus is means that as church, we must be with the people who are suffering most during this pandemic.
- Kelly Brown Douglas, Liz Theoharis
Prayer of the day
God, I pray that you give us leaders in our country who favor the hungry, naked, stranger, poor and who believe in LOVE instead of selfishness and wealth, we pray.
- Sojourners Reader
“I pass through the gates, wind the old road and paths, perform rites of beauty in the being beyond thought, just walking and sitting, breathing and sharing, passing through the mind of land, the inspired air, the eye at the heart of the world, becoming a part of that whole, touching the timeless place.”
- Richard Bodner, from A Wanderer Returns
Do I have a place, either real or imaginary, that seems home to my soul?
"O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”
- Psalm 139 1-4
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
What will I do today to move toward my dream?
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
When do I feel most powerful, loving and self-controlled?
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” - Catherine Ponder
To what people or conditions am I linked because of resentment?