“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” – Thomas Merton
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Jesus said, “How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek praise that comes from the only God?”
This resonates deeply with me.
It’s a good gut-check for all.
What is my motivation for what I do and say?
Am I seeking praise from human beings or am I seeking praise from God?
Actually, it’s probably best not to seek praise at all because that would be an ego thing.
My ego can inflate over looking more holy just as it can inflate over looking more powerful, attractive, wealthy, or any other worldly gauge of so-called success.
Trying to be successful in the eyes of our culture is an ego trip to nowhere.
You end up with a false self who never lived as your true self.
How sad that would be!
Do not let this happen!
Your life-giving change happens now — always now.
That’s the only time that is real – now.
Let go of desires to be famous or recognized.
Allow a Deeper Presence within you to rise.
As Jesus put it: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” (Matthew 16:25-26).
Let us ask ourselves before speaking or acting: What is my true motivation?
If it’s love, compassion, and doing the good, then amazing things will begin to unfold in each next moment.
Live your life!
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