No Empty Space “Pay Forward” #36


Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is - No Empty Space. This is true as far as the spiritual and the physical worlds (the atom). Each of us is responsible for what we fill that space with. Our emotional hang-ups were a chief obstacle to our awakening and growth. Later our spiritual pride became a hindrance. We are reminded that human effort depends on grace; to live, move and have our being. “Whatever the degree of Divine union we may reach bears no proportion to our effort. It is the sheer gift of Divine Love” (Father Thomas Keating). As we practice the spiritual principles given us in A.A. and apply them in our daily lives our fears, resentment and worries begin their departure, leaving room to plant the seed of those things we want. The first nine Steps help us own our good as well as our useless, harmful habits of thoughts and feelings. Step Ten’s daily housecleaning alerts us to those negative enemies that are reclaiming unattended space. Steps Eleven and Twelve helps us reclaim that space and use it for our heart’s desire, based on the transforming power of Divine Love. “And who could ever give him so much that he would have to pay it back? For everything comes from Him; everything exists by His power and is intended for His glory. To Him be glory evermore” (Romans 11:35-36). The grace of time is given us to fill, not to kill. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.

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