Haanel writes in Lesson 8, “The result of your thought is governed by an immutable law! Thought results in action, if your thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good; if your thought is destructive or inharmonious, the result will be evil” He continues to say “It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing, not even the “bad,” because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining thought we are sowing the “wind” and in turn shall reap the “whirlwind”. (bold added)
As I was reading through these words of Haanel, I couldn’t help but to be reminded of Scroll 2 that we have been reading everyday this month. Toward the end of Scroll 2, we read,
“I greet this day with love in my heart. Henceforth I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men. With love I increase my sales a hundredfold and become a great salesman. If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I fail though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world. I greet this day with love, and I succeed.” (The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino) (bold added)
Indeed LOVE is what we all need whether you are young or old, rich or poor, high in position of lowly, and beautiful or ugly. But all these labels are actually problematic, aren’t they? Who are we to determine who holds high or low position, who are beautiful or ugly. who are young or old, who are rich or poor? Are these even that important when you really think about it? Why do we care so much about how we look (young or old, beautiful or ugly), how much we have (rich or poor), what is the position (high or low)?
Isn’t it because we are insecure about who we are? If each one of us are secure in who we are, I wonder how we are all going to treat each other? If I feel accepted and loved by God who created me just the way I am, I wouldn’t need anyone else’s approval or acceptance because I feel secure in who I am. I wouldn’t need to try to outrun anyone or outdo anyone because I can be just who I am to be. It is so freeing to be who I am and not be bothered by what others think of me or expected me to be or to do.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”
When I am secure in God’s love and accept who I am, it is possible to love myself and others this way as described above in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 which is known as LOVE chapter in the bible.
This is not talking about just feeling good kind of love but deep, solid and secure love in God’s acceptance and unconditional love. As I am reading through Scroll 2, I can’t help but to be reminded of God’s love. Because our human love is very limited and conditional regardless who you are and what a great relationship you have with people. It’s only when we experience God’s love for ourselves and out of this love, we can truly love ourselves and love others.
1 John 4:7-8
“7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
This is so true that unless I know this love and receive this love, I can’t give this love. So this is my prayer that I receive God’s love and be a channel of this love in my being and doing where ever I am and whoever I am with. So this day I want to know God and know His love. This is all I ask.