I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.
Father, Your Son is perfect. When I think that I am hurt in any way, it is because I have forgotten who I am, and that I am as You created me. Your Thoughts can only bring me happiness. If ever I am sad or hurt or ill, I have forgotten what You think, and put my little meaningless ideas in place of where Your Thoughts belong, and where they are. I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts. The thoughts I think with You can only bless. The Thought I think with You alone are true.
I will not hurt myself today. For I am beyond all pain. My Father placed me safe in Heaven, watching over me. And I would not attack the Son He loves, for what He loves is also mine to love.
I tried hard to live the lesson today, trying to remember often throughout the day that I am perfect, and would do nothing to hurt myself. Then I blew it for a while when I was on the train, on the way back from London.
The train staff had forgotten to reserve any seats so just sat in another seat, because someone was sitting in mine. A couple came and insisted that I was sitting in their seat, despite me pointing out to them that there were no reservations. They went away and came back after a while to tell me that the train manager said I had to move. While writing in a note whose cover bears the words ‘actions speak louder than words’ I refused to move and demanded that they bring the train driver to tell me himself. At this point a gentleman who was sitting at another table offered to move so that they could sit there.
The issue was resolved. My victory felt very hollow, as I realised that I’d missed an opportunity to refrain from attack. I sat there, scribbling away, asking myself ‘what would Jesus have done?’