Heart and Mind - February - 2017
Heart and Mind - Dr. Lou Yock
Good works and good words bring about good results.
Good works and good words build on themselves, and help our own sense of self-worth and well-being.
Good works and good words encourage others to do good works and to stay positive.
If we’re trying to convince someone of the justice of our cause, doing good works and staying positive “ups” our credibility and attracts followers.
When we consider who inspires us and who we want to imitate, it is usually an up-beat person. Let’s try to be that up-beat person.
To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., dark cannot drive out dark, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can drive out hate.
In the sometimes dreariness of February, let us take advantage of the opportunities to say a good word and to do a good work, to bring a little more light to our church and community. Remember to stay as active as you can, getting fresh air and exercise as you are able. Spoil yourself with some exotic fruit and nutritious food, and maybe a little bit of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Take a few minutes for a quiet time and practice your favorite activity (or inactivity) for calming your mind.
And as always, there are plenty of opportunities to do good works for the community through the church. Consider helping out at Haven House, remember to bring food for the food pantry, sign-up for Community Table, participate in an AFFEW event, or consider what you might be able to do at the Lakeshore Resource Network. We also have many members connected to the charity organizations and events of the area—ask around if you’re looking for a new good works and good words outlet.