DISCLAIMER! READ FIRST PARAGRAPH CAREFULLY BEFORE BLASTING ME!!
But you are a Christian Minister; how can
you be for TAOism? Slow down. Slow down.
I didn’t say TAOism. I said T.A.O.ism.
T. = Think
A. = About
O. = Others
ism = The state of being about the thing
preceeding it. [Carterian language 101].
In this case, being about Others!
Oh. No. Here we go with another goody two
shoes lecture about being nice.
I really hope
not. Cause I felt like God
wanted me to write this
thing and He usually doesn’t
waste my time. Also, I’m not a goody two
shoes; so I can’t tell you how to be one.
Now, that being settled; how do I tackle
this topic? I hate wasting words. Quakers are
supposed to speak plain. Also, I hate phony;
so my goal here is to just – spit it out.
Our world suffers because people are so
blasted selfish. We are so wrapped up in our-
selves, that we can not give God or other
people our genuine care and attention. Even
many positive thinking coaches spend more
time on “me”ism, than “we”ism. So how do
we escape this selfish mindset and why would
we want to???
Most of you that know me;
also know I write a lot about
prayer. Many people say they
don’t know what to pray about. Wow! How
can we be that blind. Pray for your family.
Pray for your friends. Pray for your community.
Pray for your country. Pray specifically for new
people in your life, by name. —- I hope you get
get the picture. If you are concerned about
others; there is always plenty to pray about.
Praying for others is the mechanical process
by which we learn genuine concern &
benevolence. It is the vehicle by which we are
stretched from a mindset of self; to a mindset
At this time of year, even selfish people think
about helping others. Somehow the holiday
season brings out altruism and compassion,
even in the scrooges of the world. So why not
pretend every day is a holiday, if it makes you
a better person???
The underlying root of holiday is often over-
looked. Holiday is supposed to mean holy day.
Sorry guys, I can’t learn that from you; I have to
learn that from the only one, I know to be holy =
One of the clearest things about my
Master’s example is that He was unselfish. He
thought about His Father, He thought about
His neighbor, He thought about the poor, He
He thought about the sick, He thought about
the widow, He thought about the hungry, He
gave His life for you and me. And the words
of this one teacher, I trust on the subject are:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that he
lay down his life for his friends.” And even so,
that is exactly what Jesus did.
Oh yeah. I promised I
would tell you why we
should want to
think about others. Since we
are so permeated by “whats in it for
me” thinking; that’s what I will tell you. – – –
The story is told of a man who died
impoverished and it was discovered after his
death, that his property literally was the
portal, to a massive fortune of diamonds.
Yet, this man died poor; because he did not
know. Learning to think about others is a
similar, yet often undiscovered treasure-field.
There is such an
amazing value of incredible wonder, variety,
ingenuity, character, talent, interest & skill,
in the value of our fellow man: that we are
literally overlooking a fortune not to think
about others around us.
Have you ever put together a jig saw puzzle
that didn’t have all the pieces. No matter what
you do; it wont look right. Our lives are that
way. There are pieces to the puzzle that can
only be filled in by others. You will always
wonder what was missing, if you do not
discover this. T.A.O.ism. Think about others.
They are worth it and it will make you a better
more fulfilled, richer person in all the ways