It seems that I am constantly doing something for someone!
Every once in awhile, I get to thinking along these lines -
"I just do, do, do for everybody. All the time.
Nobody ever does anything for me!
Why am I always the one doing for others?!?!?!
I wish someone, just once, would think of doing something nice for me,
without me even asking!!!"
Imagine that in this monologue in my head, my inner voice grows louder and whinier with each statement. And as I begin to submerge into this line of thought, my actions grow resentful and hateful. Joy flees in the face of resentment and anger.
Any of this sound familiar? If you can honestly say, "No, absolutely not", then I applaud and admire your sweet and giving spirit. Because, I am just not there, yet. No, I still get off on this negative line of thinking when I feel stretched, or even sometimes used, by people and events around me.
When I get to feeling like this, the best way for me to get out of it is to work on my list of gifts, blessings for which I am thankful. Because, at the very top of the list, on page 1, I always see when I open my notebook, is the greatest gift of all.....and the one that gives life and meaning to every gift that follows....
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16
It is a powerful reminder that someone has done something for me!
God gave His Son; the Son gave His life - for me.
No matter that I let the emotions and actions of the world weigh me down, I am still a child of God by blood. And it would serve me well to remember this always.....and to give thanks unceasingly.
Today, and every day, I am thankful for this most precious gift!
Peace to you, sweet Friends....