Jan. 14, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

I believe there has been a grand plan for my life; so much has happened that I hadn’t counted on.
 — Louise Jerome

What Louise believes might offer great comfort, particularly to a mind that is fraught with fear and uncertainty. But it’s not all that important whether or not we believe that God has planned every detail of our lives. In fact, if we have had more than our share of turmoil, we might feel that God has been punishing us. Just coming to believe that we haven’t walked through any experience alone is where the comfort lies. This may not be an idea we were taught as youngsters. We may not be convinced of it now. But deciding to suspend our disbelief, for a time, in order to discover the peace within this idea is worth it.

Recalling our past, any portion of it, will no doubt bring to mind outcomes to situations that took us by surprise. We so often thought we knew what was best for us and others. What folly! What relief, too. Trying to play god in others’ lives is a heavy burden. We may still be caught in this maze, but getting free of it is possible. It may mean we have to change our perspective on the way life really works, the role God plays in our lives, but we can open our minds to new ideas. We’re older, for sure – but minds can change at any age. Let’s settle for an idea that eases our journey.

Today can be as restful as I make it. What comes to me is right for me.

You are reading from the book:

Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

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