He answered, “Little and often.”
I heard that story at least twenty years ago and these words have become a touch stone in my life.
It isn’t spending an enormous amount of time on something, and then ignoring it for a long period, that produces results. Rather it is the many, small but frequent minutes that we give to something important to us that brings the break throughs, the transformations. Little and often.
Ancient Chinese lore asks which is stronger, rock or water?
The answer is water. This is counterintuitive. But imagine a barrel of water being sloshed over a large rock. You can readily see that it does little to alter the rock.
But if that barrelful of water were to slowly drip onto the rock, one drop at a time, until the barrel was empty, it would most likely make a dent in that rock. It would have an impact.
Yes, little and often.
What will help cleanse the old destructive patterns that cause suffering in our souls? Remembering who we are, perhaps just a little bit, but oh, so often!
“Yes, I am God’s beloved.’ Bring these words into your heart. Often— throughout the day and night. No matter how dry and unloved you might be feeling,
Remember that the Word of God made all that was made. And that includes you! And God loved all He saw and called it good and very good. Yes, that’s you!
Remember that “matter is Spirit, slowed down enough to see.” (Teilhard de Chardin) All matter has at is essence Spirit—universal energy of love—the one energy that gives birth to all that is.
Remember that love created you. What God made cannot be destroyed or lost. And you are IT. You are God’s Beloved.
Choose to think about this, little and often!
Over time you will be greatly affected by the cleansing waters of spirit.