The title “Be the Gift” is a double entendre. We have the opportunity, this time of year, to choose how we will participate in the holidays and, stepping into the New Year, to ask ourselves how we’d like to show up in the world on any given day.
What’s common to both the holidays and the rest of life is the “gift” that we can bring to each of these by being fully who and what we are. In so doing, we are also gifted in return. “Being the Gift” in our lives blesses others and us alike.
Deepak Chopra says about “The Law of Dharma and Life Purpose” in his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, that…“Each of us is here to discover our true Self…to express our unique talents…in service to humanity.” Chopra says that “When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, you make full use of the Law of Dharma.” He says that we “…do this by asking ‘How can I help?’ instead of ‘What’s in it for me?’” We are thus “focused on what…[we] are here to give.”
Edwene Gaines introduces “The Fourth Law of Prosperity: Divine Purpose” in her book, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, by emphasizing “The Importance of Commitment.” She knows first-hand the necessity of commitment to carry us through the stretches and the risks we’ll be taking as we “…start living according to our Divine Purpose.”
Gaines invites us, as her teacher encouraged her to do, to ask ourselves “What problem do…[I] feel passionately needs to be solved?…seeking to identify the one thing that…[we]…really are committed to changing for all humanity. And one that might be fun to do.”
Chopra suggests combining “talents and loves” with joy and service. Gaines suggests combining commitment and purpose with “fun”. Both offer up the timeless wisdom that tells us that we will not only give great gifts in putting our skills to happy use in serving others, we will naturally receive them as well.
What would happen, do you suppose, if we were all to take this approach to moving through the holidays and on into the New Year? I’m guessing we’d all be abundantly blessed. Why not try it and find out?
– Rev. Marcia MacLean, Senior Minister, Center for Spiritual Living Greenville, SC