My friend, may I ask you a question? How does God want us to live this life? What does God ask of us when it comes to putting aside our own interests? Is there a limit to our willingness to lose? Isn’t the real story of life the ability to put selflessness into how we live our lives every day?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Thomas Merton wrote: “Give me humility, in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride, which is the heaviest of burdens.” Selflessness, it seems, is a forlorn virtue in our society today. I remember reading a survey recently where participants were asked “What they would do if they were to be given ten million dollars.” Would they abandon their families? Would they steal from a friend? How about, would they murder a stranger? Surprisingly, over 46% of those surveyed agreed that they would commit one of these sins in order to gain the money. In other words, in the name of self gain, selflessness could and would be abandoned. The sad part about the survey was this–most of those surveyed listed their faith as Christian.
How does God want us to live this life? What does God ask of us when it comes to putting aside our own interests? Is there a limit to our willingness to lose? Isn’t the real story of life the ability to put selflessness into how we live our lives every day?
Here’s a story: On a cold, winter afternoon in Innsbruck at the 1964 Olympic two-man bobsled competition, a British team driven by Tony Nash had just completed its first run, which had put them in second place. Then they made a discouraging discovery. They had broken a bolt on the rear axle of their sled, which would put them out of the competition. At the bottom of the hill, the great Italian bobsled driver Eugenio Monti, who was in first place, heard of their plight. Without hesitation, Monti removed the bolt from the rear axle of his own sled and sent it to the top of the hill. The British team affixed it to their sled and then completed their run down the mountain, winning the gold medal. Monti’s Italian team took the bronze. When asked about his act of sportsmanship, Monti deflected any praise, saying, “Tony Nash didn't win because I gave him a bolt. He won because he was the best driver.” The story of Monti’s selfless act spread. And because of it he was given the first De Coubertin Medal for sportsmanship. (Peter Kennedy)
How does God want us to live this life? The Bible tells us that He wants us to be fair, merciful and walk in humility (Micah 6:8). That means we are to put off self, consider others before ourselves, and show kindness and justice to everyone, to strangers as well as friends. It’s not about winning but it’s about us making sure that others aren’t losing for the lack of our ability to give them the love that they need to succeed. That’s called mercy. That’s why In God’s book, the Bible, merciful self-sacrifice always trumps self-gain.
We pray. Heavenly Father, let our power and authority come from your heart within us, Help the world around us to see that there is no fault in how we love and how we serve. Let your light in us shine to reveal that we have no agenda but to represent your righteousness, peace, and love in this world. Help us to be self-sacrificing without the expectation of any acknowledgement or vain self-righteousness. Fill us with your pure, humble Spirit, and build the fruits of your Spirit so that we can make our lives living sacrifices that are pleasing to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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