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In his book Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Peter Scazzero provides these simple truths:
- You cannot give what you do not possess.
- What you do is important, but who you are is even more important.
- The state you are in is the state you give to others.
Each of these statements have tremendous value for our lives and in how we relate with others. But this third one is worth highlighting in greater depth.
When you are living with tremendous hope, you are naturally in a state of bringing this hope into the lives of others. When you are living with tremendous peace, you are naturally in a state of bringing peace into the lives of others. This principle carriers over into faith, joy, and love, and every other virtue.
But the reverse is also true. When you are living with tremendous hurt, anger, or fear, you are naturally in a state of bringing these things into the lives of others. As you read today, take some time to consider your current level of peace.
READING & JOURNALING:
Do you agree that the state you are in is the state you give to others?
On a scale of 1-10, what would you say is your current level of being at peace?
Heavenly Father, I confess that most days I don’t think about how the state I’m in impacts others. And today I realize the self-centeredness in this. May I rest in Your gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love, so that all I interact with experience these virtues in full measure. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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