Saturday, September 8, 2012

TOFW - Mary Ellen Edmunds

A few notes from a wonderful presentation at Time Out For Women

1.  Goodness is a choice.
Choose to do good.
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."  Albert Einstein 
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."  Helen Keller
Miep Gies who helped shelter Anne Frank and her family did not want to be called  a hero. "Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty." 
Don't try to be different.  Just try to be good. Goodness is different enough.

2. Goodness is contagious.
Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Light is more powerful than darkness.

3. Look for the good in others.  Don't wait for the funeral.
Say good things to and about people.

4. You were born good.  You are a child of God.
Do not be too hard on yourself.  Can you find the scriptures that say "Be ye therefore perfect by tomorrow afternoon"  "I will go anddo the things the Lord commands all at once."  "Love thy neighbor but not thyself."
Celebrate and enjoy the goodness in each other including yourself.
It is not pride to recognize your goodness.
If you do not know your strengths, pray and ask.

5. Good ness can only happen because of and through Jesus Christ
Goodness leads to godliness.

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