Riches

For your heart will always be where your riches are. Matthew 6:21

Watch how a person likes to spend his money, with whom he/she likes to associate, and how he/she prefers to to spend his/her time and you will discover where his/her heart is. Thus your desires, your friends, and your days can be your riches here on earth.
But desires change, friends move away, and our days are as variable as the weather.
Consider banking on that which is not vulnerable to time and age. Be rich with and toward God. Let your desires, your friends, and your days be fringe benefits.

Kindness

Grandmother Danny writes in her Bible, “ It is never too soon to be kind, for we never know how soon it will be too late.”

It is not that hard to be kind. A smile as we pass a stranger in the street, a handshake and an introduction to a beggar outside your office building, a thank you to the woman cleaning your hotel room. There are countless ways to fill  your day with kind gestures, and the real beneficiary of an attitude of kindness is you. Soon you start to feel good about yourself, you start to appreciate your environment more, and notice all the people who make your day better and safer. Kindness is contagious as well.
Begin each day of this remaining week with a tiny act of kindness and watch how it grows into who you are. Do it now for you “never know how soon it will be too late.”

Miracles

I’ve talked before about the miracles of transplants, but you don’t have to be a transplant recipient to receive a miracle. What is your miracle?

A Zen Master was asked, “What is your miracle?”  He answered, My miracle is is that when I’m hungry, I eat; when I’m thirsty, I drink; and when I’m sleepy, I sleep.”
For many of us it is not that we can’t be knocked down by life, but that we get back up. And after a few times it gets easier. My friend David remembers being coached to “Hit the ground coming up.” We can all learn to get back up.
What is your miracle?

Truth

I find that if I tell the truth, it gets me high every time. — Stephen Gaskin

Now I’m not sure that getting high is the best reason to tell the truth. But I do know when I listen to people talk, I know the truth when it is spoken, it has a ring to it. The truth might be hidden behind a few layers of lies, and sometimes you have to dig a little to find it, but you know beyond a doubt when you find it, because it turns everything bright, and everything becomes beautiful. That’s what truth is like when you discover it. Perhaps, that’s why Jesus said, “I am the truth and the light.”
As you begin this morning’s meditation concentrate on trying to live the truth and being it. Make your every action an expression of the truth.