Light, Channels, Gnosis, & Humility
Can I make money, advertise my services and still be humble? I hope
so. I really believe that I am but a channel for God. What I have
to offer flows from somewhere, why not from the one who holds me
close from some mystical place in the universe.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bushel. Instead
they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the
From St. Francis . . . I memorized this during my first month in
recovery. It is part of the AA literature and is one of many passages
that indicate AA's early roots in Christianity. The 12-Steps saved
my life and gave me what I could not [at the time] find in church
or therapy, both of which I embrace in my old age.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand [gnosis];
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning [forgiving] that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying [surrendering] that we are born to Eternal Life.
One important point. Do not
confuse giving with codependency. Do not throw pearls before swine.
(If you are a Christian see my article "It is Not a Sin to