"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
Called to be Witnesses
"We are called to be witnesses of God’s by the love we extend to others; precursors of his justice by our unfailing commitment to what is right and good; lamps reflecting the light of God’s Christ in our forgiveness, mercy and compassion; harvesters of souls through our humble and dedicated servant hood." ~ CONNECTIONS, 12-11-94
Challenge: Show Mercy, Be extra kind no matter what happens today!
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7)
An old man was walking the beach early one morning, bending down to pick up starfish and throwing them out into the ocean. A teenager came by and asked, "Old man, what are you doing?"
How can we implement Mercy into our everyday life?
First, you must see the one who needs mercy. Pray that God will give you eyes to see the person who needs your help. Slow down and pay attention to everyone you meet.
Second, if you desire to show mercy, you must let your feelings play a significant role. Let the emotion of compassion influence your behavior and not what you think you know.
Third, a person of compassion doesn't just think about doing something—he or she takes action. The merciful person moves outside of his or her own hurt to alleviate the hurt in another. The merciful person spends his resources to make someone else's life better.
Sometimes we may justify our failure to show mercy by saying, "Well, I just can't help everybody." That's true. But God has put people in your life whom you can help. Do you see them? Do you feel for them? Are you doing anything on their behalf? Those who give mercy will also receive it ... from God.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen