The prophet tells us : “And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” (Luke 3:10-11) The crowd was speaking to John the Baptist about how they would live the Missional life. They were confused and waiting for the Rabbis to tell them what to do. Perhaps Synagogue’s Missions Committee would set up a program so that they could “plug In”. Instead John said: JUST DO IT !
What should we do ? Do as the prophet said two thousand years ago. Share as you go, give your personal property away to those who are in need, live a life of simply caring about others. Caring becomes a way of life and the first thing you know it will be better to give than to receive.
OK, some action suggestions:
Give something of your own to a person in need.
Give food or help to a homeless person (it doesn’t matter WHY they are homeless).
Give a smile or a kind word to a stranger.
- Pick up some trash in your neighborhood–just because.
- Volunteer at a park,zoo or hospital.
- Become a mentor for a child.
These are just a few ways that you can just do something Missional this week. The message -DON’T WAIT- just do it !
Mother Teresa of Calcutta has these words on the wall of her orphanage. They are derived from the paradoxical commandments of Kent Keith. They were a new discovery to me. I hope you enjoy them.
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.
- Paradoxical Commandments (raleighwrites.wordpress.com)
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
“The only thing to seek in contemplative prayer is God; and we seek Him successfully when we realize that we cannot find Him unless He shows Himself to us, and yet at the same time that He would not have inspired us to seek Him unless we had already found Him.”
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
Abba Serapion said, ‘When the soldiers of the emperor are standing at attention, they cannot look to the right or left; it is the same for the man who stands before God and looks towards him in fear at all times; he cannot then fear anything from the enemy.
—-Sayings of the Desert
The wise Abba gives us a thought about living a focused life,or in other words, a fully present life. Our full presence always starts when we stand before God. If we can learn to keep focused on Him and His desires for us we can accomplish just about anything. It is in the looking to the left and right that we find ourselves in disarray and confusion. Make it a goal in your life to always be fully present in the task that is before you.
In a very crowded hospital waiting one rather self-important individual was getting impatient. Unwilling to wait any longer, he barged in and demanded to be seen by the doctor. “Don’t you know who I am?” Shouted the man. The secretary calmly pressed the button on the microphone of her loudspeaker system and asked the waiting patients. “I have a gentleman here who doesn’t know who he is. Can someone please assist him in finding out? Thank you.
That story may have a little touch of humor to it, but it serves as an example of the type of person we strive not to be. All to often in our busy, pushy, self-important we find ourselves feeling the way in the role of the man in the story. We are taught to be so productive and self-center that we really believe that if people just knew who we were they would listen to everything we say.
Jesus gives us a a completely different perspective. He says,”the first will be last… to turn the other cheek..to carry the burden for the second mile”do we strive to follow His teachings? Do we think it is even possible?
Take some time to ponder those questions.