Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say that God has been better to them than they have been to themselves. I have heard this phrase for at least the last 40 years of my life. At times I completely get what they mean. At other times I wonder do they know what they are saying. It is a phrase that sounds good and probably means well but it is something we should really consider this week. Let's get straight to the point.
Obviously, we cannot do the things for ourselves that God can do for us. There is nothing to dispute or call into question there. The question is are we doing what we can? There is no way for us to be as good to ourselves as God is because there's nothing good about us to begin with. We clearly need God for that. However, it doesn't mean you and I should not strive to be better. We repay God by the way we live. We live with gratitude and humility. We serve Him with gladness instead of acting like He is an inconvenience in our lives. We consider it honorable to know that we are His. We don't complain about the hardships because we know we would not stand a chance without Him.
There are things you and I can do beyond that. We can set an example to others. We can offer a kind word when needed and truly pray for others when they ask us to instead of saying yes and not praying. We can smile when someone needs just that. We can pray for our enemies and those that despitefully use us. We can be firm and yet patient with others when we need to be. We can live in a joyful manner in spite of what we may be facing. We can show people that serving God is truly exciting instead of acting like we have to give up everything and get nothing in return. We are more blessed than we can ever imagine!
The point this week is simple and yet powerful. If you go back to the previous two paragraphs you will see more than enough things you can change and do better in. We all can so please do not read this as if it doesn't pertain to you. All of us can and need to do better. God is more than worthy and it is our reasonable service to do so. We can graduate from cute cliches to doing things that are meaningful and impactful to ourselves and those around us. We can be people who do the word and not simply talk about it. There are so many people asking what their purpose is in Christ and yet they neglect to do the obvious things they should be doing already. God has equipped us to do what is needed. We just need the willingness to do so.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon