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a “Christian lifestyle”

The Apostle Paul provides us with a clear and concise reminder of how we are to live as followers of Jesus Christ. These are traits that reflect God’s love, and they demonstrate a serious attempt to model our lives like our master and teacher.

If these traits are not evident in a person’s lifestyle it might be a sign of a shallow spirituality, or that there is no real depth to their discipleship. We demonstrate our faithfulness by the way we live, not by what we say.

three great treasures

Jesus taught that where our treasure is, there will be our heart, also. If we agree with the great Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, our hearts are surely in a good place. Our world would be a far kinder and much more gentle place if we would demonstrate our wealth in these treasures.

God is awake

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. – Victor Hugo

One of the attributes of those who care enough to act is a deep-seated sense of responsibility. I will be the first to say that a sense of responsibility is a good thing.

However, a strong sense of responsibility is often accompanied by the great temptation to bear the entire load of responsibility alone. And there is nothing good or noble about that. It can actually be debilitating.

The old African proverb gets to the heart of the matter. “If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.”

Working together is the path to accomplishing great deeds in any field. Sharing the work lightens our load, and just as importantly, it allows others to contribute. And that’s a good thing.

But, at the end of the day, as Hugo writes, we can go to sleep in peace. The Creator of the entire universe, the God who sustains each of us and the world we call home, is awake.

We do not have to carry the burdens of the work alone.  We don’t have to shoulder all the responsibility.

God is awake.

a prayer for those that serve

Almighty God,
who has taught us that the meaning of life is to be found in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF, we beseech thee to bless all who give themselves in the service of their fellow men and women; endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage to strengthen the weak and to raise up those who fall; that being inspired by love, they may minister to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy. In thy name we pray. – Amen

This is the invocation offered at this past week’s meeting of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club.