Tuesday, April 8, 2008

being still

I don't usually talk about my faith here on my blog. I recognize and respect that my readers are of different backgrounds and beliefs.

That said, I do hope what I'm about to share is well-received.

Every Tuesday morning, I spend an hour in the adoration chapel of our church. It's a quiet time of reflection and centering and prayer. As I begin my time there, I always ask for extra help being still.

Be still and know that I am.


A thought almost always comes to me soon after I settle in. It is this...that we are meant to seek God in people, to look for the good in them. It is easy to look for other things in people, to see their faults and shortcomings. And in this very populated world, it's becoming so easy to look past people, to not even regard them. But the message that I hear every week is a challenge to really search for the good in every person.

I hope this message serves you well today. If you are stuck in a difficult situation or are face-to-face with a difficult person, it certainly will be a challenge. But think too, of all the little criticisms we weave, even if never spoken. Try switching the channel in your mind, even if just for today.

78 comments:

Stacy said...

Thanks, Amy. That's a great message. And hopefully one that serves all beliefs and backgrounds.

I need this reminder from time to time!

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

Beautiful! I too try to be very careful as to not affend anybody and yet still be true to my faith as I try to be a good example (also REALLY) trying not to ever be a bad example and have all "my faith's people" to be judged for it. Thank you for being a FABULOUS example of strong faithful women who are trying to be the best person they can be.(their true spirits with inmeasurable worth)!

Caron said...

Thank you for the gentle reminder! I recently started working in a classroom for young children with emotional and behavioral problems. It is well nigh impossible for them to be still most times, yet, still so easy to see the good that shines from within each one, if my eyes are open and willing to see it.

Janet McKinney said...

Thank you for your inspiration.

I appreciate it when people are real about their lives and belief. We benefit when we listen to how other people find their inner peace, and their connection with the divine.
Janet McKinney

Lilli said...

This is a beautiful message, Amy. It's something that I've been working on these past few years, and that yields such blessings :)

Maddie said...

While your phrasing might be that of your particular religion your words are universal in their truth.


Maddie

Brooke said...

That was a lovely post, Amy and so true!

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Amy,
Thank you for your post today. It meant a lot to me. I'm really trying to find the good in people and trying to resist the urge to make negative comments about people. I realized recently that it's not enough. I need to not have the negative thoughts to begin with. I am a work in progress. Thanks for this reminder. Jen

Kim in Carlsbad said...

You are spot on Amy, thank you for that thought!

Thriftin and Craftin said...

Great post! All of us could definitely do better about finding the good in people! Thanks for the reminder!

Jacquelynne said...

When I am tempted to dwell on someone's faults, I try to remember that I'm not perfect either! "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:12-13

Sunny said...

I really needed this today. Thank you.

Yummers! said...

That was beautiful Amy! Thanks for sharing.
Joni

TrüSka said...

There are things in this universe that happen for a reason - why did i found your blog today?.. I guess i really neaded to read what you wrote... I do believe we are all part of the misterious forces that make everything connect! Thank you for being there! : D

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Chiara said...

Thank you so much for the message, I will think about it today!!!

I thank you!!!!!

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hello, i just stumbled here, this is my girst visit and i'm sure there will be many more. the magazine is amazing, as you are,too. your words of wisdom have changed my day.
thank you for being such an inspiration!

Junie Moon said...

Lovely post, Amy. I agree with Maddie that it's a universal truth, one I shall endeavor to attain.

Anonymous said...

Daily I enjoy your writing. Have especially enjoyed your accounts of Baby. I appreciate what you wrote today. Being still in this busy, noisy world is not easy. You have "inspired" me to make it a priority to be still. ---Thanks
Marilyn from East TN

Mike said...

Touche' Very well said. Wouldn't it be great if we could all love each other for who we are? Thanks for the post.

Rebecca said...

I really, really needed to hear this today. Thanks so much for posting it!

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Kris said...

"He who does not see God in the next person he meets need look no further." -- Gandhi

Gandhi said it well, and so did you! That's what I like about your blog, Amy; you have a lovely and gentle way of reminding me of what really matters. I have a retail shop and the point is to make a profit, but I need a tap on the shoulder sometimes to remember that there's more to life than the almighty dollar. Thanks for today's tap!

Storybook Woods said...

Dear Amy, I always say if we only had the grace for others, that God had for us. Thank you for your wonderful post. I know I needed to hear it xoxoxo Clarice

Anonymous said...

Your timing was perfect. I had a personal issue come up this week. I needed to hear this. again.

Thank you for always your inspiration, Amy.

Warmly,

Kathy

Theresa said...

Good message. I love that my ladies group is studying David from the books of Samuel right now. It mirrors who we are as people including what we fail to see in ourselves.

Connie said...

What a great ray of sunshine. I know what you mean about how you write things. But it's refreshing to read the words "Be still and know that I am." Sometimes in this hectic crazy life that we create we forget to just "Be Still." Thanks for reminding me.
connie@laughterbylakeside.blogspot.com

Michelle M White said...

You are so right! A dear friend of mine taught me that we need to "change our attitude" in regards to certain situations. It's amazing how well it works!

Tammy said...

This is so true. I have been watching Joyce Meyers this week and she speaks of positive thinking and it really made me try harder to not let the negatives enter in. Thank you for the gentle reminder, Amy.

Tammy

Cheryl said...

So simple and so "right on," dear Amy!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Amy! I am new to your blog and love it...first your pictures caught my eye, then your words. Thank You for the "words of wisdom" you have expressed in this sweet post. My DH and I were JUST talking about how we must see others as Children of God and see the good in each person, even those who have wronged us. Which is what I am doing today. It is a very humble day for me and coming across your blog/post TODAY was a blessing. Thanks for your inspiration! Hugs, Maryjane

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