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The Rhythm of Life is a means to an end. The end is to love and follow Jesus more closely.

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By God's grace, I discover my unique gifts and 

serve in the world with them.

BECOMING PRESENT: 

 Quiet down and prayerfully consider the following prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,

To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life

Gift - Singapore Inspiration Drama Short Film // Viddsee.com
Gift - Singapore Inspiration Drama Short Film // Viddsee.com

 There is something important that happens in our hearts when we contribute in secret. Not only is it good for our egos, but it builds a special intimacy when our service remains secret between us and God.  

Often our personalities and unique gifts are very public and observable, but perhaps one of the best ways we can help make this form of contribution more ''secret''/healthy, is to stop seeking human recognition for our contributions.

We might recall Matthew 6:   

"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.""

Some other voices that echo the voice of Jesus:

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."   Harry S. Truman

"To give and not expect anything in return; to give for no special time or season; to give, not for any particular recognition; to give, not for a substantial tax refund; to give for the sake of giving - often just between giver and receiver - has a life of its own - an elevated one." -Glaceta Honeyghan

"The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right."Henry Ward Beecher

''The only gift is a portion of thyself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation;  for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers - Senecan

"To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving." Max Beerbohm

  
REFLECTION 
  1. What stirs something in you about the text and quotes?   
  2. Why does Jesus recommend secret giving?   
  3. Where do you need to let go of seeking recognition?
     

EXERCISE FOR THE WEEK

Give of yourself or your gift, and do it in secret, or do a reflection of where you are seeking recognition, and let that go. 

SOMETHING EXTRA

 
 

 

BLESSING

May you be deeply aware that you are a gift.   May you give generously of yourself and of the gift that's been given to you, and may you do it without wanting acknowledgement but out of gratefulness towards God.   

Amen