Even though he is now attempting to hide the amount of time he spends on the golf course, the BLOTUS has now racked up 75 days on the links since he took the oath of office. It is no wonder why our country is going to hell in a golf cart. Between tweeting and golf our racist, ego-maniacal occupant of the offal office has not time or energy left for anything but preening. If you doubt it, ask a friend in Puerto Rico.
We can change the world. We can create a world where there is justice for all, where peacefulness is a way of life and where all God’s children have a fair share of the world’s bounty. All it requires is for us to care enough to act on what we know is right. All of us know those who would benefit from our time and efforts on their behalf. All we have to do is care.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. — John Wesley
This familiar quote by the founder of Methodism never loses its appeal to me. Every time I hear it used or every time I see it quoted again reminds me that we have an unending responsibility “to keep on keeping on.”
What continues to inspire me is that John Wesley didn’t just preach about doing good. He demonstrated the “do all the good you can” philosophy every day of his life. He preached to the poor, visited those in prison, and never ceased crusading for those marginalized by society.
Mr. Wesley would not be popular in today’s United Methodist Church. He would be disgusted by (what would appear to him as) the laziness demonstrated by the majority of today’s clergy. He would find the amount of time we waste as both abhorrent and inexcusable. He simply wouldn’t tolerate the lack of zeal we demonstrate as leaders of the people called Methodists.
He wouldn’t be gentle in instructing us about doing good at all the times we could. He would be quick to administer a solid kick to the seat of our pants with a loving reminder that we are to do all the good we can for as long as we can.
And I am quite sure Mr. Wesley would let us know in no uncertain terms that there is no retiring from doing all the good we can. Wesley was raising funds for the poor in snow and ice less than two weeks before he died. But then, for him, doing good wasn’t a career. It was a calling.
O Powerful Father,
Please make me a diligent worker in your Kingdom. Help me not to be lazy or selfish with my time, energy and money. You are a God of action and intervention in the problems and troubles of people. Help us to pattern our lives after your example and become involved in the struggles of our neighbors. Give us the heart to walk into difficult situations, and make a difference for hurting people. And make us fully aware of your presence with us at all times. We know that we are weak and ineffective on our own, Lord, but with your help and power behind us, we can move mountains in your service. Keep us busy in the joyful labors of mercy and justice. Amen
a prayer taken from For They Shall Be Fed, edited by Ronald J. Sider.