The Wisdom of Unselfish Desire
If our activities are such as to bring into our experience the satisfaction of selfish interests for fame, fortune, position, and to be well-spoken of, they are physical. If they are such as to bring into our life the desire to express love, patience, long-suffering, gentleness, kindness, service to others, then they make for spiritual development. If we desire to know whether we have chosen wisely, we should ask ourselves, "What is the desire that is being gratified by the attributes of the relationships being sought?" If it is for aggrandizement of self's own physical desires, then it is carnal. If it is for creating a channel for an expression of good, then it is spiritual. As to the choices, these we ourselves must make. What we sow we must reap. Ambition, unless it is tested in God's crucible, is of itself sin. Not that we should not be ambitious-no-but rather ambitious that God should be the guide, and not self.
When we view ourselves either from the spiritual, the mental, or the material plane, we may see reflected in our experience just how we have meted out the knowledge we have known. What we do with our abilities, our opportunities, brings forth fruit in due season. We find ourselves either at peace within, or filled with doubt, fear and consternation. Would we have peace? then let us make life peaceful to those whom we love, to those against whom we have a grudge, to those whom we do not care for. If we would have love, then let us be lovable even to those that show, in our own understanding, disregard for His ways. For the events of life are the experiences and expressions of a soul seeking. What in the experience of humanity can be more direful, more dreadful, than to be lost, yet seeking? Fear and trembling assail us, yet- will we let Him in? His spirit maketh our spirit and soul aware of the love of the Father. The toil and strife are for just a little while. We are living now in eternity.
Let praise and honor be in our purpose toward those things that make us aware of His Presence abiding with us; for His promises are sure, and they who walk with Him shall know Him.
The Price must be paid! There is no such thing as receiving without giving. If we would have life we must give life. If we would have joy we must make joy in the lives of others. If we would have peace and harmony we must create peace in self and in our relationships with others. This is the law, for like begets like. We do not gather olives from thistles, or apples from bramble bushes, neither do we find love in hate.
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, О Lord, my strength and my redeemer." May we in wisdom choose Thy desire to be our desire.
Know that what we choose to do has a constructive influence within ourselves and those about us; else beware. Those things that bring pleasure and ease in material associations in our life are not at fault unless we worship them or use them selfishly. Things of the earth will pass away, but love that sustains in the hour of testing abides with us always. Knowing this, let us keep the earth singing. This can be done as we look deeper into the heart of the rose, listen to the song of the bird, see the paintings of His face in the setting sun, see the loveliness in the moonbeam that turns all into the radiance of His glory, see in the raindrop, the storm, all nature, and even in those ugly things in people's lives, the desire for expressing love rather than hate, harmony rather than discord! As to results, leave them to Him who gives life, who takes life; for The earth is the Lord's... and they that dwell therein."" Let us fill our minds with the desire to know that we are the Lord's, and He will work in us and through us, guiding our hands and our feet and our walks in the paths of life, that we may be channels of blessing to all whom we meet.
Come-come! Let us make known our desires in the light of that which has been promised by Him, who is the Light and the Way, to those who seek to know more of the Father's will. Let us make known the desire of the heart, that we may be one with Him. We must not faint at the trials, at the temptations, at the weaknesses; for He has called us. Will we not harken? He is able to fulfill that which He has promised into our material, mental and spiritual experience. Let not evil overcome us, but let us overcome evil in His name.
Each soul goes on from things terrestrial to things celestial, from things material to things mental and spiritual, and in each of these realms the consciousness of the soul seeks expression in that particular field of activity which it has built within its own inner self. The soul lives on that it may become more and more aware of abiding, and living, and being in the Christ Consciousness.
Come, my children, ye that seek the Lord; He is nigh unto thee. Thou hast purposed well in thine studies, in thine preparation for those that would seek through these channels to know more of what thy Lord, thy God, would have them to do. Be not satisfied, but rather content in that ye are being a channel of blessing to thy fellow man. Thou are as the leaven that will leaven the whole, for some there be among you that will hear His voice-and He will walk and talk with those that are willing, joyously, that He, thy brother, thy Christ, thy Savior, would direct thy ways. Keep the faith. 262-67
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done; as in heaven, so in earth. Give us for tomorrow the needs of the body. Forget those trespasses as we forgive those that have trespassed and do trespass against us. Be Thou the guide in the time of trouble, turmoil and temptation. Lead us in paths of righteousness for Thy name's sake. 378-44
Come ye children that seek the light! Bow thine heads in praise to the Son. For, the way for each of you that would seek His face, is being opened before thee. The Son of Man, the Christ, thy Lord is among thee even in thine heart-if ye will but open the door to Him! 262-63