What we do for others, we do for ourselves.
All of us are part of one human family. And we are all bound to our four-legged and winged family as well. In fact all living beings are connected on this beautiful planet we call home.
This coming year is a new opportunity to be aware of how all life is connected. It’s a new chance to live in gratitude and deep appreciation for the gifts we have been given. This new year is a time for us to save ourselves by saving each other as we all work together to save our planet.
What a wonderful world we would create if all of us followed Malala’s lead, and lived with her courage. We are not all called to stand against the Taliban, but each of us are given countless opportunities to speak up and speak out for those without a voice. Who in your community has a voice that cannot be heard?
None of us can do everything. But all of us can do something.
Each of us are constantly presented with opportunities to touch someone’s life in a special way. The question is how do we make ourselves more aware of these opportunities.
Once we see a way to make someone’s life better we need to make sure we “just do it.” Good intentions are not enough. We need to make it happen.
We will be happier, and the world will be a far better place.
There are no simple solutions to overcoming the growing violence, hatred and bigotry that infects our world. Yet, each of us has the capacity to resist being pulled down into such an ugly inhumane and dangerous mindset.
We are surrounded with opportunities to make a real difference in the world. Every single one of us can reach out and impact someone in need of care and compassion.
Will that end the violence and and hatred in the world. No. But, it will keep us human, And it will change the life of the one we have befriended. And that’s a start.
Most gracious and compassionate God, how thankful I am this morning for the love you pour into Your children’s lives. We are sustained through Your everlasting mercy and your grace. I praise You for Your presence that never leaves nor forsakes us.
Today, we have another gift, the multitude of opportunities to reflect that love and grace You have already shown us. Help us embrace that gift. Help us reach out to those most in need of love and compassion.
Empower us through Your Holy Spirit to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Let us be true peacemakers in a world filled with conflict and violence. Let Your love flow through us that all those around us would feel Your love and acceptance.
Especially, Lord, I would ask that those who are fleeing their homes might know Your strength. Allow them a sense of Your presence that they might have a respite from their fear. And allow us who live in safety to reach out to them with the aid and relief most needed. Grant us all a spirit of hospitality.
Give us more love, Lord.
All of this we ask in the Name of the risen Christ. Amen
If a person works only for himself he can perhaps be a famous scholar, a great wise man, a distinguished poet, but never a complete, genuinely great man. History calls those the greatest…who ennobled themselves by working for the universal. Experience praises as the most happy the one who makes most people happy. — Karl Marx
Man becomes great exactly in the degree to which he works for the welfare of his fellow men. — Mahatma Gandhi
Continuing the theme I began in yesterday’s post, I share these quotes from two powerful personalities, both of whom surprisingly share the same view on the subject. As different as these men were, both changed history, and both came to a common understanding that happiness and greatness cannot be separated.
True greatness comes from seeking the good of the other. One is “ennobled” according to Marx by focusing on the universal good.
As radically diverse as these two figures were, both understood that creating good for those around us, creating happiness in our larger community, is the true path to personal fulfillment.
Someone wrapped up in him or herself makes a terribly small package. At least that’s how the old saw goes.
Both Marx and Gandhi agree. Fulfillment, greatness and happiness all come from focusing on the welfare of those around us.
And in a world where 25,000 of our human family will die today from hunger, we all have abundant opportunities to achieve all three.