“It is the relationship inherent in meeting another’s need that makes the meeting of the need a thing of lasting value. It is your willingness to say, ‘Brother, you are not alone’ that is the benefit of such situations, not only to your brother but also to you. (A Course of Love, 9.27)”
Affirmation: “May I meet the need of another today.”
1 – Excuses
All too often we find reasons, excuses, not to meet the need of another, for we feel that it will be too difficult for us to endure. We have busy lives, we get tired, we get sick, and so we excuse ourselves from doing for another what seems to be the need. We turn a deaf ear to the silent cry for help.
2 – Jesus
Is this the way that Jesus would live? Certainly not. He too got tired, but he continued teaching. He drew aside for replenishment, for prayer and communion with his Father, but he always returned to help people, individually and en masse.
3 – Pray
How do we proceed if we need the cooperation of others to meet a third party’s perceived need? We pray about it. We do not try to enforce our will on another. God, if He sees the need also, will see that we are in a position that we can respond. This I believe.
4 – Not Alone
We are not alone in this world. We are meant to reach out to others, to help them, and, frequently, in the helping, we also help ourselves. We are in this together.
5 – The Way Will Be Shown to Us
Be reassured today that if our intent is clear, the way will be shown to us. We will find a way to help. On the other hand, if we are wavering in our intent, others in our lives will pick up on our ambivalence, and we will contribute to the problem. The need of the third party may not get answered.
6 – Needs of Ourselves and Others
Pray today for the needs of ourselves and all in our lives to be met, and with the joyousness that Jesus himself would offer.
Today it would be so easy to avoid thinking of the needs of others, focusing only on myself. But this is not the way to live, of that I am sure. Help me to reach out to the others whom I see today and those whom I do not see, but whom I affect in any way at all.
Be with me today as I seek to remain tranquil. The best way to follow You is to remain calm.