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We serve others in all sorts of ways and situations. In our families, parents and older children serve the younger members. At work we are often obliged by our employment to serve others. And in the community we have a plethora of opportunities to serve others as volunteers and members of social organisations.

Serving may help us as much as those who are recipients of this aid. To leave ourselves and our problems is necessary from time to time. And doing good for another will often lift us from self-absorption. It is amazing how our perceptions can change by a simply act of service or act of kindness.

Where and to whom do we help? Jesus said we can’t serve God and the world at the same time. We need to make a choice. And he said he came to serve, not to be served. So what about us? If we take the time to reflect on this we can see that we have opportunities to help and serve others. It is all part of putting treasure in Heaven. “For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake” (Hebrews 6: 10)

It might be worth re-reading the Beatitudes found in the Gospel account of Matthew. If our hands and thoughts are busy serving others, we are less likely to be pointing a finger at the faults of others. Rather we are too busy trying to lift them up. We can see just how much we need to be available for this service for God and humanity. It is up to us to take the opportunities presented to us.

Be generous. Be very generous.


The Kindness of Strangers

The kindness of strangers is only the beginning. It becomes the kindness of acquaintances. The effort to be kind, and for some this may truly be the case, forces us to choose the selfish egoist path or enter the road of contact and sharing. Kindness is the key – a recognition if the need of another and a decision to help in some way this other person. How much we offer is another issue but we learn that kindness is priceless.

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Things we need (and don’t need)

If we can learn to distinguish between “want” and “need”, if we can learn to do with less and live within our means, then we can be better prepared for tomorrow and have a simplified, less cluttered life.

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