Altruistic Egoism. Now, that’s a mouthful!
How about “When you give of yourself to others you get so much more in return?”
Jesus shared plenty of words and examples of altruistic egoism including Luke 6:31. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – – we heard this one regularly from our mom while growing up. It did (and does) resonate within me, helping the Spirit move me to do some things outside my comfort zone.
Our mom not only says the words, she also “walks her talk” (at age 86 she’s still mighty active in the community!) Not only does she bless, she is blessed and grateful.
Many churches encourage their folks to “Take Something On for Lent.” Most of the time, pictures of those shown helping others include smiles and expressions of joy. Another bonus of altruism is that brightening of one’s own day!
PRAYER: Dear God, help us to remember about loving another the way we want to be loved…
ACTION: As we ready for the start of Lent, what can you “take on this week” to help another? Allow the Spirit to stir you to move outside your comfort zone if you can…
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 23, 2020:
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