Moderation is to avoid excess or extremes, especially in behavior or political opinions. The virtue of temperance helps us live a life of moderation. I would say that we all need a big dose of this virtue, especially for those of us in the Western world where greed and excess abound. As disconnected people, we live our individuality all in the vein of success. Sometimes I think about the similarities of today and those of the Roman Empire. History cycles over and over. Do I place my hope in the world or do I use these thoughts to draw me to God? Where do I find meaning? In a life full of love.
God wants us to live out our unique, beloved individuality and a life of integrated wholeness. This means facing the hard work of loving myself body, mind and spirit and accepting my limitations and loving them anyway. It is owning my story so I can share it with others who may need to hear it. It is bringing me to a state of moderation where mercy and compassion fill my heart and the view of my separation from others dissolves. I live connected through love as one in the Spirit. As I walk the spiritual path, honoring my whole being, this integration is the beauty of love itself. The thread that holds life itself together.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
Thank you Lord for holding my life together.