I've been binge reading lately trying to deal with my partner finally moving out of our home. I stumbled on this quote and decided this might be a worthy thing to reflect upon as the new chapter of my life begins. The times in my life that I have been most happy and fulfilled are the times that I'm able to lose myself in serving others. It's been a recurring pattern that has saved me from many bad times in my life. I can begin again. I need to live by the things I know are true. If I do this, I will heal and use my wounds to heal others.
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Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. –1 Peter 4:10 My morning’s meditation topic was “service” and it started a train of thought (ok it was actually a brain worm but let’s not quibble) about how I “serve” others. I must admit there are times when I am not very nice and I do it only because I have too or to prevent an argument. I am quite good at rolling the old eyeballs in those instances. But that is not what Jesus taught; the Gospel of Mark records Jesus saying “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35b) In fact all through scripture we are called to be God’s servants and, from my perspective, if we are all, humanity and creation, images, the manifestation of Go...
Here is George Bernard Shaw in our faces with the ultimate facts of joy to be found in service and community: This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can." George Bernard Shaw Happy Joy Day! Love, Jamie xo