Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sharing lights up the world

We tend to think that the world's great luminaries were especially anointed. Somehow people like Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Lincoln, Mary Baker Eddy, Mohammed, Jesus, Buddha, received a special influx of light that propelled them into center stage of humanity's growth and progress. But what if the primary difference between these role models and others is simply that they spoke up?

We know that a lot of them were faced with a choice early in their careers. Should they take the safe route and keep their heads low, while still enjoying the benefits of their enlightened outlooks? Or should they stand up and be counted, telling others of what they'd learned and thereby putting themselves at risk?

Clearly, the ones who have gone down in history all chose to speak up. They shared their revolutionary ideas, often making themselves a focal point for the backlash. Yet they willingly did this, eyes wide open, in order to make the world better for the rest of us.

I sometimes wonder if there haven't been throughout history countless other "might-have-beens" who instead of coming forward took the less risky road. After all, spiritual light is universal. I believe it fills all space and is available to all. Doesn't it make sense then that the light of Truth has touched more than the few who came forward? What about the others? Perhaps they got caught up in family or in career. Perhaps their own inspiration frightened them. Perhaps they simply didn't think they alone *could* make a difference.

What if that's true of each one of us? What if we, here, today, are ourselves the next wave of spiritual progress for all humanity? What if you and I, here and now, hold in our hands the possibility of bringing increased light and joy to the world?

I would say then that it's essential that we speak up. Whatever light we've been given is magnified if we direct it outward and share it.

This sharing is precious enough to be directed by the Divine. Spirit will tell us when and how to share, and who will be most receptive. The point is to make ourselves available for this service. To include in our daily prayers not just clarity about ourselves and benevolence for those we love, but also a willingness to be an instrument of the Divine to the stranger. How can I help your little ones today, Lord, we might ask. Send me those whom I can help.

And then, when that dear one crosses our path, we can offer the "cup of cold water" of comfort and reassurance that they need. We can share our stories of enlightenment and healing. We can tell what we've learned about God and ourselves and reality.

I'm feeling passionate about this in the holiday season this year. I've been so blessed, I want all the world to share in it. I want to walk in the footsteps of those courageous luminaries who went before, holding high a little candle flame of my own.

Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences.

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At 11/29/2006 10:24:00 AM, Anonymous Gayle said...

Hello Laura,

The one objection I have to your post is that it tends to imply that people who aren't "known" to have made a difference aren't sharing. I have to take issue with this. If we are all the ideas of the Divine Spirit, than we all make a difference to the world. It might be a difference as simple as loving a child and sharing knowledge or perhaps just allowing a flower to blossom or watering the plants (mine are in need)... I know I've made a difference to my family, with my love and care for them, and perhaps to others with my love and care for them.

We should never forget that everyone...everyone...does make a difference and everyone counts, whatever their job, country or name.



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