We have no right to our possessions; they have been entrusted to us for the good of all. Let us then invest with the Lord what he has given us, for we have nothing that does not come from him: we are dependent upon him for our very existence. And we ourselves particularly, who have a special and greater debt, since God not only created us but purchased us as well; what can we regard as our own when we do not possess even ourselves?
It doesn’t have to be epic…
“It doesn’t have to be epic.” Ev Bogue wrote those words in his 30 Dec email newsletter…and I completely agree with him. While simple and sane, this advice is completely contrary to most of the motivation-speak in the world today–whether in books, blogs, G+, TV, or elsewhere and regardless of whether secular or sacred. The buzz of the world, even ironically among those writing about simplicity/minimalism or even Christian living, is fixated on the superlative.
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To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.
Lord, when I fail to love others, as I often do, help me to realizethat it is because I’ve first failed to love You, the source of all love. During this Lenten season, help me to reach out to someone who is poot – in body or spirit – someone whose love for You may be fading.
Jesus, keep us from the tragedy of blaspheming your name because we have succumbed to a watered-down faith. Make our spirits restless whenever we think that the way things are is the way things have to be. Amen.
— Common Prayer
Things on this earth are NOT as they way they should be, that no Christian doubts. At the same time, though, things on this earth are NOT as they have to be, either. You can make a difference in the life of someone today. It doesn’t have to be what the world would call a ‘big’ difference, but in the eyes of that person and of Jesus, it makes all the difference in the world.