The Reverend Dale Worley gave one of his best talks this morning at Unity of Savannah.
Being the second week of Advent, he chose to speak on “Faith”, rather than on “Hope”, and that is because n the metaphysical/spiritual world, we don’t “hope”, we KNOW.
Faith is knowing.
To hope is to wish and maybe not be too sure.
And if you are working with the Universal Laws, there is no hoping and wishing, everything is pretty cut and dried. And you know.
Dale spoke about the story of Bethesda from the New Testament, and he also spoke about the story of Jesus walking on water. He told us that in the Bible, Jesus never says, “I healed you.” Instead, Jesus always says, “By your faith, you are healed.”
In the story of Jesus walking on water, Peter actually asks Jesus to invite him to walk on water. At first everything goes okay, but then, (Matthew 14:30-31)
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Later on today another friend of mine spoke of the idea of, “Just doing the next right thing.”
He said that you have to do the next right thing, even when it doesn’t seem to be working in your favor.
The next right thing might make you late for an appointment. It might mean that you have to make a call and get yourself on a payment plan. Whatever the next right thing is, you gotta do it, no matter the cost.
And again I thought of faith.
When you do the next right thing, even when you don’t want to and even when it doesn’t seem to be working in your favor, this is when you are using your faith.
As Reverend Dale told us this morning, “You have faith built in, you just have to use it!”
If you have faith in the Universal Laws or in God, then you know that if you do the next right thing, things will work out. Even when it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
This is actually how you activate the Universal Law of Cause and Effect.
Jesus spoke of this Law when he told us that we will be forgiven when we forgive, and when he told us that to give is to receive.
You don’t have to hope or wish. Jesus did not say that, “If you forgive, then maybe you will be forgiven.” or “If you give then there is a possibility that you will receive.”
Jesus knew the Law or “the Way” or whatever you wish to call it. And he also knew that there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.
Here in my world, we just went on a payment plan with our veterinarian, because our cat Max keeps coming home all beat up.
Then there was the dental procedure that I had done recently and found out later that my insurance won’t cover it. Another payment plan.
I also need to call the I.R.S. and re-arrange my payment plan with them.
It can easily appear to me as if things are piling up awful high. But I know from past experience that if I do the right thing, it will all work out. What seems like a momentous problem to me, probably isn’t that big of a deal to God.
So today my invitation for us is to meditate on doing “the next right thing” in our lives. What does that mean in your world today?