If I look at it from thanking the individuals that have helped me throughout my life... this is good.
If I look at it from thanking God for continually helping me in my life... this causes me to look at it in a whole different way.
Here's an example. In order for me to mimic the way God helps, I must then act as an arm. An arm of God who continually gives without prejudice, without condition, and what seems to me as sometimes undeserving. Of course, such an act comes with developing the habit of giving. When we hear the phrase "giving" we immediately think about material possessions, or simply put, money. This I've learned is not the case at all. I can give so much more without ever opening my wallet. I can give my talents, my encouraging words, my support, and the most effective... myself.
A scripture comes to mind that states "If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day." (Isaiah 58:10)
1.) Draw out my soul to the hungry. Yes it's important to feed the body, but this is talking about the soul. The soul doesn't feed on earthly things. So for me to "draw out my soul" to the hungry, I believe, is to give myself to those that need guidance. To give council to those that search for it. To give my time in helping them walk through the problem.
2.) Satisfy the afflicted soul. Again, this isn't referring to the physical body. So, in order to satisfy an afflicted soul I'd first have to investigate the source of their affliction. Then, begin to walk them out of the illusion, so to speak, until they've overcome it.
As you can see this is actually dedicating a portion of ones life to helping people. This is turning out to be life changing for me. Nonetheless, I have embarked on this journey and I intend to continue on it until I have fulfilled my task.
Just think of it... this is only the first principle in my list!
I have a lot of work to do. So I'm going to get started.
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