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Weekly Message for Sunday, December 22, 2002

             Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? -- Mathew 6:26-27

Jesus was so in tune with the Christ Consciousness within Him that even His most simple, direct teachings were profound.  Unfortunately, even as simple as they were, the world has yet to truly understand how to make these simple teachings a part of our daily life experiences.  Hundreds of books, magazines, articles and seminar-speakers have taken these simple teachings and given them their own individual spin ... but all Truth comes back to the teachings of Jesus ... and He didn't charge $80.00 for a seminar to teach these principles ... why? ... because He understood that His life was sustained and maintained by the Infinite Good, God .... and as He was willing to give ... accordingly He would receive ..  and He did.  He did not worry about it.

I believe the "cause" of most of our anxiety and stress can be attributed to our unwillingness to give ... without thought of return ... and our unwillingness to "give up" our own self-centered ideas of what is Good and what is not.  Too many of us are so busy telling God what we want ... that we forget to be grateful for what we have.  Pharmaceutical companies are making billions of dollars off the anxiety and stress of the masses .. and most of what we are anxious and stressed out about is our own "self-inflicted nonsense."  We are too stubborn and unwilling to "let go and let God" work in our lives ... we want an instant transformation of our circumstances and conditions in life without changing who we are!  And "Who We Are" is the sum total of our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and the world we live in.  We must give up attempting to "control the Universe" and let the Universe support us in our Good.  Most of us walk around worried about something ..... and this "worrying" creates more to be worried about.

        Christmas is about celebrating the Life of Jesus ... but the most important gift each of us can give ourselves and others is to "practice" His teachings.  "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his life?" He asked.  We cannot bring more happiness, health or prosperity in our life by worrying ... what we sow we shall reap ... worry reaps worry.  So to paraphrase the words of Jesus, "Don't worry.  Be happy."  "BE" is the key word .... cultivate a sense of "BE-ING HAPPY" ...  BE HAPPY!!


 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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