Life is a Spiral and an Echo

One of the reasons Facebook can become so addicting is that it gives you more of what you want, or of sites you visit often, or things you write about most of the time. So, if you like sports or the movies, you get more feeds about sports and the movies. If you like posts about politics or the economy, the Facebook algorithm will detect this and feed you more stories about politics and the economy. If you like inspiring and humorous stories, Facebook will send more of these to your wall. If you post dark and depressing comments often, you will also get more of these.

I am recognizing two lessons here. First, life is an outward spiral. Everything begins from within and moves ever outward. What people see in me is often a reflection of what is deep and true within me. If my heart boils with hatred and anger, I will always act obnoxiously, often without me even realizing it. If my heart is filled with joy and happiness, this will manifest in my words and my actions. It is only from the abundance of what is inside me that I can truly give and share with others.

Second, life is an echo. What I give and share is what I usually get back in return. If I give love and service to others, I will receive these back many times over. If I give negative vibes, these will come to me in many and different ways.

I can choose what to keep within me and deep within my heart. I can choose what I share and give to others, giving them what is best in me and just keeping for myself that which still needs fixing. Christ was no philanthropist who came to dispense billions to the poor. He gave what He was, what lived deep within Him – a burning unconditional love for us.I can’t go wrong proclaiming and living this commandment of love.

Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
~ Psalm 145

Jesus said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’” 
Luke 10:2-5

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