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Ego and Humility

Bushels, Lamps, 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.

Matthew 5:15


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 house.

Channels


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 Love Yourself.")

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