This is a daily story/ meditation I received in my email today. I hope you get something out of it. I did.
“Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times, in all circumstances”. -Saint Vincent de Paul
A religious man learned that a prostitute was doing business in his neighborhood. He found her house, stood across the street, and watched men enter and leave her home. Every time he saw a customer walk out, he placed a stone in a little pile, symbolizing the weight and extent of her sins. Years later, the prostitute died, and soon afterward so did the man. When the man was shown to his heavenly abode, he was aghast to find but a heap of stones similar to the mound he had built to mark the prostitute’s wrongdoing. On the other side of the gray pile, he saw a magnificent estate with rolling lawns and colorful gardens, where the prostitute strolled joyfully. “There must be some mistake!” he railed. “That woman was a prostitute, and I was a religious man.”
“There is no mistake,” a voice answered. “That prostitute hated her job, but it was the only way she knew to make money to support herself and her young daughter. Every time she was with a client, she inwardly prayed, ‘Dear God, please get me out of this.’ You, on the other hand, were fascinated only with her sins. While she was talking to God, you were talking to rocks. She got what she prayed for, and so did you. ”
Things are not what they appear to be. We never really know the motive or consciousness behind someone’s actions. Any act can be a tool of the ego, or an avenue for the Holy Spirit. We inherit the world we build with our thoughts.
I pray to keep You in my mind today. Let me not wander into temptation to see less than love.
I build a world of beauty with my thoughts.
This meditation is an excerpt from Alan Cohen’s meditation book, A Deep Breath of Life. If you liked today’s meditation check out his book. http://www.hayhouse.com/details.php?id=4