When you receive a birthday card or an encouraging phone call, you act surprised. But isn’t that what Jesus called us to do, to care for each other, to put each other first? Why are we so surprised when someone touches us with a simple, caring gesture…when someone acts like Jesus?
Truth is, we don’t always think of others; we don’t always act like Jesus. There are more “me” people in the world than there should be. And we must look at Jesus’ life to make sure that we’re not one of those “me” persons!
If Jesus had thought totally from a human point of view, he would have never ministered to the Samaritans, or welcomed a tax collector as an apostle, or touched a leper, or given the adulterer a second chance.
It’s hard living like Jesus, and we fall short…a lot. We get annoyed at the smallest things. We expect recognition when we do something for someone. But love shouldn’t have expectations, and nothing will change until people remember their purpose in life…to be like Jesus.
If you are recognized for a good deed, be grateful that God gave you the insight to act outside yourself. Likewise, if you find someone has annoyed you, step back, take a breath, and remember that you are still to be like Jesus.
While I’m grateful that my words and actions touch others, I’m most grateful that God isn’t finished with me yet…and He isn’t finished with you, either!
About the author:
Previously the priest at St. Francis of Assisi in Lake Placid for 21 years, Rev. Elizabeth L. Nelson is now the Priest at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in LaBelle.