Jan. 15, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

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

I am living out my life in accordance with my faith.
 — Ruth Casey

Does faith in God guide your actions as it does Ruth’s? It’s certain our actions are guided by some set of beliefs. If our memories of past situations are troublesome, maybe it’s because we allowed our behavior to be controlled by certain beliefs that did us harm. How might we define our beliefs for a friend today? Are we at peace with them?

Belief systems don’t simply occur in our lives mysteriously. We consciously choose that which we adhere to, whether we realize this or not. Sometimes our families foisted their beliefs on us, even when they weren’t comfortable to us. Until we were old enough to decide what fit us better, we may have had little recourse. Later, we may have adopted beliefs that matched those of our peers – even though these beliefs contradicted our personal ethics.

Acknowledging the existence of an underlying set of values gives us both security and relief. It means we don’t have to spend many valuable hours worrying about the right thing to do in every situation. The actions that fit our belief systems will be obvious. Let’s be willing to monitor how our beliefs impact the lives of those around us. It’s never too late to consider changing them.

Today’s experiences will reflect what I choose to believe. Does that promise me peace?

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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