Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Truths

"The Four Absolutes: Honesty, Unselfishness, Purity, and Love"
I'd like to discuss one each week, starting this week with Purity.

Purity... When I hear or read the word, I automatically think of such things as perfection, angelic, white, unspoilt, clean.

I suppose I should preface this discussion by saying that when we talk about absolutes, we're really talking about God. So far as I understand my HP (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit), I believe Him to be the only entity capable of "absolute-ness." The Four Absolutes are ideals I can strive for, but I must be willing to accept my own imperfections.

As for Purity well, I blew that whole deal long ago lol. Today, living sober in AA, purity has come to mean my desire to align myself closely to my HP. I MUST check myself against what I discern to be God's will for me. I pray, I worship, I try to live out the mission He has set for me. To me, this means that I MUST be of service to Him by serving His children: those people around me. I must think of others more than I think of myself, and do the next right thing because its the next right thing to do.

I cannot get caught up in not being perfect at this. This is a daily journey we're on, a work in progress. However, I must strive to do my best. Step Six tells me that it is the right use of my will to humbly seek God's perfection as long as my motives are aligned with His.

Give me your thoughts on Purity, if you would! Next Tuesday, we'll take a look at honesty. That should be interesting!

5 comments:

dAAve said...

I know nothing about purity. Guess I'll have to wait for next week.

septembermom said...

When I think of purity in the spiritual sense, I focus on Mary, Jesus' mother and think of her example. Purity of thought and action is a challenge for all of us. I'm very happy to follow you here. Thank you for giving us something to reflect upon.

drybottomgirl said...

Purity to me means thoughts of pureness. That I'm not motivated by my wants but what God wants. This is hard as it's so easy to put my selfish needs fist, but purity requires me to be not self-seeking, not self-motivated, to be concerned, caring, and willing to help those around me.....

Stark Raving Sober said...

Hmmmmmmm, thought provoking topic. When I think about purity I think about my motivations and actions. I'm human, so the Victorian notion of purity is just not going to happen for me, nor should it, but I can check my motives before I take action and make sure that my motives are 'pure,' and my actions are honorable.

Mary Christine said...

Hmmm. I guess I am the only one who sees this as a physical attribute. I see it as chastity - or as faithfulness if you are married.

It sure doesn't make my life easy, I can tell you that!