Today's Theme:Letting Go of Childish Things

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Published 11-10-10
Originally published 1-21-09

On Today's Theme:

Most of us as children had a special blanket or toy that gave us special
comfort, didn't we? We thought we would need it forever. Then, either
all at once or only gradually, we needed it less and less.

As it turns out, our whole lives are spent letting go of emotional
and physical crutches. The biggest one can be self-will,
but the reward is huge: the maturity to love others.

- Lisa Bowman

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which
is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I
thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish
things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to
face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am
known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13: 9-13
The Holy Bible
King James Version


I was watching children in nursery school the other day. When they
do not get their way, it is their prerogative to cry; it is their privilege.
But a loving parent will have enough detachment to see that letting
children have their way all the time will make life terribly difficult for
them later on. Whenever you find adults having difficulty in listening
to constructive criticism, the seeds of that difficulty were planted
in early childhood. By not saying no, we can cripple a child for life.

...To grow up, as Saint Paul says, we have to reduce self-will. That
is the very essence of love. If you have to have your way, if you
cannot go against your likes and dislikes for another person's
sake, how can you love? At best you can have a kind of
affection that comes and goes. Love does not ebb or
fall; it is a continuing state of consciousness.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996



...and now,
The Last Word:

The Word of God can come as a lion's roar
Or on wings that soar.
The command to hear is sweet and clear;
I stop, and listen, ready to obey
And know that God is near.

"Word of God"
by Lenda Honegger
From "Through the Wilderness"




























































Random Bonus Quote:

How is heaven attained?
The attainment of heaven is freedom from cravings.

9th-century Hindu teacher


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