Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better and happier
What a challenge Mother Theresa gives us – as individuals
and what a challenge she gives us – as a church
Difficult I know, but just think! If this was the impact we had on just 10% of the people we met, how many more friends would we have? How much better would our community be? How much larger would we at Trinity be?!!
The crucial question is, are we focussed on our agenda and what we want or what we think is best? or are we focussed on the other person and what they think, on what they want, and on their happiness?
Isn’t this what loving our neighbour is all about?
In the pursuit of happiness half the world (often including ourselves) is on the wrong track. They think it consists in having and getting – getting! Having and getting material possessions, getting what you want, getting what you want done, getting others to do things for you, getting others to do what you think they should do.
However, happiness is really found in giving and in serving others – both their happiness and profoundly also our own!
When we pray each day for our Lord to give us our daily bread, let’s pray that our daily bread may be God’s Spirit and God’s love and His empowerment of us – to truly love our neighbour. And who is our neighbour? Simply the people we meet in our daily life.
Our neighbour is both the people we plan to meet – later today or tomorrow or next week; and the people we just bump into in the car-park, in the shop, in the street.
Let’s pray that everyone who comes into contact with us should leave us better and happier for having met us, for having been with us.
Let’s not think about ourselves and what we’re trying to do, but about the other person. Let’s focus on helping them, on helping them succeed for it’s in their success that we ourselves succeed.
I appreciate that we ourselves have many difficulties and needs. And so, in the rush and noise of life, as we have intervals, let’s step home within ourselves and be still. Wait upon God and feel His good presence. Let’s ask for His grace and very appropriately at this time of Pentecost – let’s ask for His Spirit – Come! Holy Spirit, Come!
This will carry us through whatever the day may have in store for us.
And let us be about our Master’s business – showing in how we treat and relate to those we meet, Christ’s love and care for them – whoever they may be!
Let our objective be that for everyone who speaks to us, they may be glad to have done so. Let our sense of justice and what’s right (for us) – recognising that sometimes (frequently ?) this is just our pride! – be tempered with love and mercy.
Give-up complaining – focus on gratitude
Give-up pessimism – become an optimist
Give-up harsh judgements – think kindly thoughts
Give-up worry – trust Divine Providence
Give-up discouragement – be full of hope
Give-up bitterness – turn to forgiveness
Give-up hatred – return good for evil
Give-up being negative – be positive
Give-up anger – be more patient
Give-up pettiness – become mature
Give-up gloom – enjoy the beauty that is all around us
Give-up jealousy – pray for trust
Give-up gossiping – control our tongue
Give-up sin – turn to virtue
Give-up giving-up – hang in there!
Give-up focussing on ourselves – focus on the other person
Let no one ever come to you, come to me
without leaving better and happier
glad that they’ve met us
wanting to again
Let this be our daily bread:
through knowing and loving God
for us to love our neighbour
And let us pray each day to Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Give us this day our daily bread
(Inspired and adapted from A Lenten Reflection in the magazine of Hope URC, Weymouth)
And what a vision this could be for Trinity
To be known as a place where everyone is loved and cared for
a place focussed on helping each one succeed however they define it
focussed on their/(our) interests not Trinity’s
as it’s in they/(our) achieving their/(our) interests, that Trinity see themselves succeed
Counter-cultural, difficult I know!
But isn’t that what we should be doing?
Isn’t this the Christian life ?
And as an incidental effect
If we really did this
(and none of us, including myself, has been anywhere near this!)
Trinity would have more than doubled in size by Christmas!
Why don’t we ?