Recently Pastor Freed used this quote in his blog, Jack’s Winning Words –“Karma is what happens to a person because they caused it by their actions.” (Free Encyclopedia)
I guess I had the wrong definition of karma in mind until I read that and went and looked it up myself. I had thought of it more as a benign and passive thing that we just stumble into, rather than something that we actually cause by our own actions. That immediately brings to mind the question – What kind of karma am I creating?
We hear often of a person having good or bad karma, which must then mean that the person was doing good or bad things to cause what happen to them. Maybe karma is a variation on the old phrase, “What goes around, comes around” or the even older advice from the Bible,
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6: 7-9)
So the good or bad that we are doing (sowing) will determine our karma and what fate awaits us, not happenstance. It is also important to heed the warning not to give up doing the right or good things in life. It is tempting to take the shortcuts in life or to turn away from a problem or a person in need, but it is not the right thing to do. That is just making bad karma.
It would seem that making good karma by doing the right things in life and making good decisions is based upon taking the time to think about each decision that you make within the framework of right and wrong. That presupposes that one has a solid understanding or foundation for that framework of what is right and wrong. For Christians build that framework upon the foundation of their faith and the guidance that they receive from the teachings of Christ that they find in the Bible.
If our karma is based upon our actions, and our actions are based upon the teachings of Christ; then we can have nothing but good karma and good things will happen to us. Maybe starting out each day with a little prayer asking God to help you make the right decisions to achieve good karma will at least get you thinking in the right way and started in the right direction.
May you day be filled with good karma.