So, I had an entirely different post in mind for my Soul Food today, but as God/The Universe would have it, all of that changed. Sometimes, we all need to remember humanity and remember the kindness of empathy, even in the “little things” in life. Today, I went to grab lunch–nothing special about that. I was going about my usual routine. As I got to the cashier, I realized I grabbed my purse when I left for lunch but forgot my wallet, which was on my desk, back in my building. Hastily, I asked the cashier to set my food aside and “I’ll be right back with my wallet!” and proceeded to leave the restaurant to go back to my office for my money. It was such a blessing to me when God interrupted that statement and action by inspiring the young lady behind me to say “That’s okay! I’ll pay for you”. Immediately I was touched by this gesture, but, as our Western society has trained us, I began to tell her she didn’t have to, it’s ok, I’ll just run back to my building and go up and grab my wallet. The more I tried to convince her that she did not have to BLESS me in that way, the more she told me that it was fine, she will “take care of it”. I thanked her, genuinely, from my heart and asked if she had a business card or point of contact so that I can repay her. She said “not necessary, I know that can be a long walk back and forth to get a wallet…”
This act of kindness made me realize two wonderful lessons for my spirit:
1.) Never try to convince YOURSELF or anyone else that you should not be blessed
2.) God shows up, quite often, and helps us with the “little things” as a reminder that when it comes to the big things, “He” may not show up in a literal sense,but “He” is there, always, just waiting for you to accept the blessing.
With that in mind, I believe that “random acts of kindness” are not so random, they are by divine design. The beauty and power of God is that, yes, I got all of that from a stranger paying for my lunch.
“Man is a universe within himself” –Bob Marley
This artwork is ‘Expansion’ by Paige Bradley, New York
No matter what you are going through or how hard things may seem, we all tend to seek, even in secret sometimes, that greater force out there in the universe that can help us and guide us to better days. While I fervently believe that force exists and is present and active in our lives (once we acknowledge and receive) I also know and believe that the greatest gift, truth and connection from that Highest Power is realizing and recognizing the presence of that power within ourselves. All that you seek in the universe is within YOU. Be that light you want to see in the world, as Gandhi said, and make a change! Decide today to be the best you that you can be and encourage others to do so, along the way.
“The God of the universe–the One who created everything and holds it all in His hand–created each of us in His image, to bear His likeness, His imprint. It is only when Christ dwells within our hearts, radiating the pure light of His love through our humanity, that we discover who we are and what we were intended to be. There is no other joy that reaches as deep or as wide or as high–there is no other joy that is more complete.” – Wendy Moore
Look in the mirror. Look around you. Look at your home. Look at your work. Look at your relationships. Look at your health. Look at what you have created. Yes, you have created that which is in your life. Do you like what you see? You have created your reality by your words. Your words do not come back to you void. Each word you speak sends a vibration out into the universe and creates that which you have spoken. The power of the word is noted in Genesis. It states “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was God.” Be careful of the words that you speak. Begin to listen to what you say and delete words that are negative. Delete words that are not healing and uplifting. Delete words that create poverty, disease, chaos and emotional unrest. Keep your words positive. Choose words that create beauty, order, peace and harmony.
Here is your mantra for the day: I create my reality by the words I speak. I choose to live in a peaceful, healthy environment. I choose to speak words that are positive, uplifting and healthy. I want the reality I create to be filled with joy, divine health and prosperity. I choose my words carefully and I see my reality change before my eyes. Thanks, God. And so it is!
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do it in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to Him through God the Father. ” – Colossians 3:17 (Lamsa’s Aramaic Translation)