I went in search of this prayer through the old daily attitude emails and thought I might not be the only one that needed to hear it today.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assisi
Meaghan has this hanging in the office at home where I was working yesterday.
I had the thought, “What if I could really keep this thought in my heart? What if I could actually make this my priority each day?”
It’s easier to spend the day thinking about yourself.
Our own needs and desires are so close and powerful, they are hard to ignore.
This prayer reminds me that true peace, joy, love and happiness happens when I can retrain myself to focus instead on others.
Our opportunities for greatness lie in our ability to serve and love others.
I believe this more and more every day.
I fail at this every day as well, but I’m getting better.
My challenge for you today is to read this prayer out loud to yourself. Then to move on to your day with as much of a focus on others as you can muster. Then try to do better tomorrow.
Make it a great day.