A Dose of Perspective

An infrared photo showing dust clouds swaddling the stars of the Seven Sisters cluster (Pleiades) Photo: NASA

Good Day, God!

Earlier today I seemed to hear You say that that I was too attached to Outcomes. Then on the way upstairs just now I clearly heard that I need Perspective.

Sigh. You are right God. I do need perspective. For example I need to step back and ponder the stars in the Pleiades being formed 100 million years ago.  Actually, that is quite recent as our Earth is 4.54 billion years old.

Scientists think that our species is somewhere around 300,000 – 400,000 years old. Yes, that does put this particular trip around the sun into perspective. Then, too, there are 7 billion people on our planet. That puts me into perspective.

I think most of us 7 billion are pretty mellow. The Ones that worry me are the ones who are totally certain that they are RIGHT. People who are Certain can be led into doing Evil Things for — they think — a Greater Good. Sigh.

Well, yes, God, I do sometimes suffer from Certainty. It makes it hard to remember the command “Bless, Bless and Do Not Curse!” Focusing on Outcomes tends to do that to me, God. My focus needs to be stretched OUT and then pulled BACK to focus on myself. I am responsible for respecting my fellow human beings. I am called to pray for their health and well being — not to argue them into my point of view. Sigh.

So much evil has been done by people in Your Name, God. Inquisitions, witch hunts, pogroms and so forth . . . so depressing. Please help me to focus on the people who are feeding the hungry, ministering to the sick, listening to those around them with love.

Hmm. Please, God, help me grow toward being one of them.

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