Spiritual Practice

I Can

Donna Rawson & K. S. Hardy

“One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
       —Alice and the White Queen in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

I think the Queen has figured it out: The trick to living in the world without belonging to the world is that we can control what goes on inside our own head. I can decide what matters to me and what doesn’t, what’s OK with me and what isn’t. I determine if and when I will react and whether my reactions will be positive or negative. I choose my feelings and my attitudes—whether to be  happy, miserable, optimistic, fearful, weak, or powerful.

Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.
Romans 12:2 (CEV)

So everyday I try to choose positive feelings and reactions rather than negative ones. And I have found that the more I practice, the easier it is to handle difficult situations. When it seems impossible to cope or to forgive a wrong, I can decide to venture forward with hope.

With God’s help and a lot of practice, I can change the way I think—and live.

—Donna Rawson



Make the joy of knowing
you are loved by God
a daily gift.
Let the gladness in your heart
be like a hearth fire,
warming to all.

—K. S. Hardy

—from devozine (May/June 2006). Copyright © 2006 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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