How easy to take for granted the good that others do for us. How easy to assume that we deserve what people do selflessly for us, forgetting that they likely have made a very conscious decision to give up something they value in order to do us a favor in generous time or a ride to an appointment or an event.
Sometimes it’s actual money that pays a bill for us, or offers an expensive gift that we could never have had if the responsibility had been ours to pay.
One night a daughter appeared at our door with chunks of steak freshly cooked at their outdoor grill. “We just can’t eat it all,” was her explanation. “Let us give it to you.” When it came, two ears of corn had been added to the package. We felt we had a feast that night.
Another child had driven the three days across county, paid gas and hotel bills to work alone for four days to prepare a mutually-owned family house for summer renters to come, with the same expensive trip back at the end – never asking for help for those costs. She just did it – gladly. Out of the goodness of her heart.
We do not have to even the score. We do not have to pay her back. We can begin by being grateful. By remembering our debt is real, that we can repay by never forgetting the grace with which we have been treated. By remembering to “do unto others” what they have so generously done to us. By saying “Thank you” and being grateful. By finding ways we can serve this dear one whom we love so much. And by responding intuitively -- to others as they have done to us. By so living that way, we do something substantive to create the new community, the beloved community, this fellowship of Jesus’ people on the earth, as He called us to do, and so sharing the spirit of love and the power of healing with the community.
Jesus reminded us to live this way. It is our work to so change the world by being ourselves changed. It will be work. And very good work. Important for the coming of the Kingdom, through us.
It’s love’s work. Wonderful work.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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