Quotations from Peter Parr's book, 'Things to Remember: Reflections on our True Identity'
We serve the world by being true to Who we are. By being Love. Try not to judge other people, but see them for what they are: a child of God like ourselves - a lost child trying to find their way Home.
Don’t wallow in regret over past mistakes or missed opportunities for love. Regret helps no one. Rather, from this day forward, moment by moment, discern what love requires of you and attend to that. Whether you are forty, fifty, sixty or a hundred, it is never too late to dedicate your life to Love. All those who work for the Kingdom receive their reward – joy and peace – however late in the day they begin (Matthew 20:1-16). Even one day lived in Love can make a whole life worthwhile.
How can we know if something is True? By letting Love be our guide. If the thought is not loving, it is not from God. If the passage from scripture is not loving, it is not True (or we may be missing its deeper meaning). If the action we take is not loving, it is not Spirit which gave rise to it, but our ego (false self). Therefore, it is not True.
If there is that of God in everyone, then the Good News is that there is part of us which cannot die, which is eternally safe, and which no harm can ever befall.
On the level of personality and of form, there will be people who I like and people I may be less keen on... Am I willing to hold them all in the Light, and to try again and again to see the same Light in them all, however difficult it may be to discern? As Abraham Lincoln said, 'I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.'
You cannot have what you will not give. You cannot expect more from a relationship than you are prepared, yourself, to put in. Offer what you would have come to you. Be what you wish to see. You want to be accepted? Accept all others, regardless of what they say or do. You want to be cherished? Treated as special? Treat others as special and cherish every moment in which you interact with them. Give, and you will receive.
We went around the circle and each person tried to identify something different that is important to them. One person said love; others said friendships, health and peace of mind. No one suggested their giant flat screen television, and no one mentioned promotion at work, or reputation, or winning arguments either. When we stop to reflect, we already have a sense of what truly matters. Why then do we invest a disproportionate amount of time and energy focusing on things that don't matter all that much?
All of the above quotations are taken from Peter M. Parr's book Things to Remember: Reflections on Our True Identity.