Thursday, May 01, 2008

Daily Digest #51

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. —Mark 16:15

We often overestimate "service to God", seeing them only as martyrdom or even self-righteousness, which make most of us think that they are hard or even impossible to do. We limit our understanding of "service" to missionary, priesthood and other charity works. Yet, we forget that the people around us need as much preaching, charity and prayer that we could ever contribute to any organization. Preaching is never about the person speaking, but the message that is being delivered to us from, and about, God. And charity is not always about money or other worldly things, but may be as simple as a helping hand, a lending ear, an understanding heart or a wise counsel. At the same time, we seek God's counsel and guidance so we may understand what He wants us to do, or how He wants us to do it. Making our intension solely for God's glory and not ours makes a huge difference. We ought to start first with our families, then our friends... then eventually, we would extend ourselves to our co-workers and neighbors. For those of us who are fortunate enough to belong to a Christian community, it is even easier to exercise our services to God to its members since everyone already has a common goal. It is always easier to accomplish things when done with somebody who believes in the same things.

For this, let us pray. May we be a light to others when everything around them has turned dim. May we remember that once our lights were out too, and somebody else has ignited it for us before. May we be a reflection of Christ's love and works in our lives. Pray always.

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