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Your Divine Worth

The Jeweler

If a naive and desperate man
Brings a precious stone
To the only jeweler in town,
Wanting to sell it,

The jeweler’s eyes
Will begin to play a game,
Like most eyes in the world when they look at you.

The jeweler’s face will stay calm.
He will not want to reveal the stone’s true value,
But to hold the man captive to fear and greed
While he calculates
The value of the transaction.

But one moment with me, my dear,
Will show you
That there is nothing,
Nothing
Hafiz wants from you.

When you sit before a Master like me,
Even if you are a drooling mess,
My eyes sing with Excitement–

They see your Divine Worth.

— Hafiz


As we are willing to see through the eyes of Love, of the Divine, we see the Divine in all of life, all of Creation, When we see so differently from our training in this way, we don’t focus on the ills, but celebrate them for what it truly is. In contrast, there is guidance as we are open to it.

Einstein said that “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” The desperate man in the middle of his difficulties always has opportunities. The jeweler with all of his or her calculating strategies has fresh opportunities. As we focus on the difficulty, it makes it more challenging to see the opportunity, but it is always there, and we are the ones who choose what to look at and see. Contrast creates opportunities. Without it, there would be no opportunities. Celebrate the contrast as we see it for the value it holds to guide us to what we would prefer.

Discernment is our celebration in action. Focus is our choice. We can walk into a room full of light and turn on the dark switch, or walk into a dark room and shine the light that is us in our Divine Worth.

Love Is…

“God is love.
Whoever lives in love
lives in God,
and God in them.”

1 John 4:16

There is a common and popular phrase at many churches across the land: God is love. Of course, I think it is better written as God IS Love. But either way, it is a common phrase spoken often in many circumstances; however, I don’t recall ever hearing it backward in church. For if God is Love, and I absolutely believe this to be true, then Love is God as well.

Yet, as I look at those two phrases, God is love, and Love is God, they are quite different in their perspective.

I see God is love as looking outside for the answers to all we want to know and the phrase Love is God is taking personal responsibility to come into alignment with God. And, from that alignment, we can spread joy wherever we go because we then become love, exude love, express love, share love, become a loving, caring, appreciation-seeking person, and in that process, we are love incarnate, we are joy, we are freedom, we are peace, we are well-being exemplified, and best of all, we are then one with God.

God gave us the opportunity to choose which perspective guides our lives. I choose joy. I choose love. And, as a result, I am in a greater and greater appreciation of every thing and every one in every new day that I have the privilege to in-joy.

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