2000-05-22-How Is Father Within Manifested
Topic: How Is Father Within Manifested
Group: Woods Cross TeaM
I am ABRAHAM. Welcome and my gratitude to you that make our meetings possible. You are understanding the Brotherhood when you unify as a group and participate. I am touched by Father's goodness. I am touched that He would have so much faith in me to grant me my position here with you. I am never surprised by Father's goodness, but always am I amazed. His supreme care-taking of the universes is apparent when I witness Him working through my fellows.
The expansion of the Brotherhood is unfathomable over your universe careers. You will meet every type of individual you could possibly imagine. No two personalities will be alike, some you meet may be kindred spirits, and others will be so opposite of you, it will most definitely challenge your heart and mind. The one aspect of each one of us will be that living Father within--that will be our common ground. Some individuals have more of the Father within them than others, but our main concern is how our Father within is manifested in our daily living.
A wealthy woman, who lived in a beautiful home, surrounded by beautiful things and servants, found it satisfying to donate her money to a children's orphanage. Every year she wrote out her check with the thoughts of, "yes, I am making a difference in the lives of these children." She would attend her high society functions wearing her beautiful gowns, and tell her wealthy friends about her good deed, and how they also should share their good fortune.
She was a bit closed minded however when it came time to accept an invitation from the orphanage to visit so they could thank her. Having grown up wealthy she knew not the restrictions of poverty. She was spoiled and taught that she was of high importance. She treated her fellows with an arrogance that said most individuals were beneath her.
There were trusted servants in the home, but not one of them liked her or were so much loyal to her. They did not do their best performance in serving her. Her own friends found her personality barely tolerable, but because of her wealth, she has earned a certain status among them. They found her pompous and disloyal. Not one of them called her a true friend.
This wealthy woman finally, reluctantly accepted the orphanage's invitation. After all, she thought, she had well deserved their gratitude for all she had done for them. A few minutes inside the orphanage she saw the children's living conditions as impoverished. They wore used clothes, and even though they had done their best to prepare for her visit, she found the conditions way beneath her.
A child had took her hand and led her to a small table and chairs where they had been doing some art. The little girl told a story of living in a home where she had been abused and neglected. The wealthy woman most definitely wanted to flee. She could not bare the pain in the girls face. A small boy had joined them and began to read her his poem. How mature this small boy had sounded, for he had experienced a lot in his life.
The woman had visited with the children for a few hours, and in every child's face she had seen the eyes of God, and knew that from this day forward she would be changed. On her way home she had felt ridiculous, seeing that her money had made little difference, but her visit with the children had completely changed her life. She made many more visits to the orphanage and each time had begun to change in heart and mind, in personality and character. Her soul was literally expanding.
The children had grown to love her and she them. She became truly philanthropic with her time and love. She learned to overlook financial status. She disregarded any high society position she held. She made true friends who could see the goodness within the woman. Her servants were treated like family and with the highest respect. They in turn took her in as one of their own.
The change came when she had given up all she had believed in and was open to the evidence that God exists. The giving of herself aided her in her own growth and put meaning into her life. Fancy functions were completely dull compared to cookies and punch served by the kids. She had begun out on a journey of self-aggrandizement and ended up on a journey glorifying Father through truly good works.
You see, when you can serve it is to your own benefit. You are made to grow. The evidence of growth is a glorification to Father. It is a commitment to Him, showing your efforts to find Him. To reveal God within is evidence of Light and Life.
This week search for those wonderful qualities in others, as well as yourself, that say the Correcting Time is at work. The evidence of Light and Life is among you in your fellows; look for it; concentrate on it; participate in it. Know that I will be with you during the week. In your journaling time look for me. As always, my love is with you. Until next week, shalom.