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Serve Others Openly


Do you ever have those days where you feel people just don't respect you like they should? You make a joke or a kind remark to cheer someone up, and they completely talk past it and almost ignore your presence. How do we want other people to treat us? This is the time for you to examine your life, your friends. Do you want people to give you true friendship, truly listen to your opinion and any problems or good times you may be having? Do you want them to invite you to join them in activities and forgive you when you make a mistake?

We wish for all of these things from those close to us in order to make us feel loved and like we belong. Why then, do we stray from doing these things for others? Emotions can sometimes get in the way. I know for me, if I'm very tired and feeling cranky, I may be more snappy in my remarks and less open to hearing others' opinions on ho to move forward in situations. It is in times like these that we need to examine ourselves and ask the question: how would I want them to treat me right now? What would Jesus do in this situation? The acronym 'WWJD' is perfect for every situation, but we can also apply the acronym 'WWIW', What would I want, as in, how do I want others to act towards me. If we do this in everything we do, then our world will become a more welcoming place.

In today's Gospel we read:"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets" (Mark 7:7-12). We need to work towards helping each other in all that we need in order to live full, happy lives in faith. One step towards helping a friend not only helps them, but brings us all together, and lets them help you in turn. Become one in Christ, one in faith and a team in the world.

Today's prayer comes from 'Pushing Jesus' a prayer for serving others:

Father,

Allow me to serve others with a joyful heart;

Never keeping score;

Always giving;

Never expecting to receive.

Allow me to give of myself,

To give of my talents and of my goods,

To give of my time and of my energy,

To give of my heart and of my soul.

Help me understand the needs of others,

Never criticizing,

Never demeaning,

Never scolding,

Never condemning.

You have been so gracious to me,

Always Loving,

Always forgiving,

Always restoring;

Never gloating over my defeats,

Even when I have been so wrong.

Father, keep a condemning spirit

Far from my heart and further from my lips.

Allow me to serve others as You serve,

With gentleness, compassion, and tenderness,

Never diminishing the worth of another,

Choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted,

Like You have repeatedly shown it to me,

Amen.


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