My thoughts after reading “As Jesus Passed By”
The Urantia Book says “And it behooves the Master’s followers in all ages to learn to minster as ‘they pass by’– to do unselfish good as they go about their daily duties.” (The Urantia Book 171:7.10) Doing “unselfish good” is not just opening doors for people, smiling at people, making eye contact, or even just making someone feel like they’ve been noticed and seen but it is also avoiding being negative. Sometimes it’s easy to do these good things for people but do we ever really look at the negative things we do towards people?
Lately, I’ve been having a very hard time with road rage. This never used to be an issue but I catch myself yelling at other cars to merge, speed up, slow down, etc. Changing this before it becomes a pattern is one way I can do good throughout my day. I personally believe in vibes and energy and if I am yelling at people, even though they can’t hear me, they can feel it. We need to send good energy to people as much as possible. I think a trick to doing that is to become conscious of our negative behaviors. For example, now that I’m aware of the fact that I get road rage I can make a conscious effort to avoid doing that. Instead of yelling and sending negative energy to people I can just take a breathe and try to clear my heart and head of negativity.
An example of this was the other day I was driving down the street and an old truck slowed down and turned without turning their blinker on. My first reaction was to yell at them but then I remembered that would do no good. Instead I took a deep breath, relaxed my muscles, and cleared my mind of the anger and frustration. It is very tempting to lose my temper in these situations but once I remember that I can negatively effect people when I don’t keep my cool, it’s easier to stop and take a minute to process before going straight to lashing out.
I feel like too often we talk about all the things we can do that are positive and great but we don’t really look at the behaviors we already have and try to change them. This life is set up not only for us to find God but also to strive to be like him. In order to do that we need to weed out as many things that are not positive in our behaviors. So my challenge to everyone is to look at one thing that you do in your day that effects people negatively, whether they are aware of it or not, and try to sort out a way that you can change that behavior. If we do that we are closer to being “full of grace” like Jesus was.