Success as Mercy

I don't think we spend enough time asking ourselves questions.  So often we're out of balance simply because we haven't taken the time to deeply reflect.  Use these questions today as a guide in re-thinking success and the role it has played in your life.

 

Do you live as if you value what you say you value?  Do you prioritize it?

 

Consider "the kingdom."  The kingdom of God is the new reality God is bringing to earth, a reality that perfectly represents God's will for creation.  It is defined by mercy, grace, forgiveness, and self-sacrificial love. It is a place where all are valued and have status. It is our call to point to this reality.

 

Do you consider whether or not you demonstrate mercy, or grace, or forgiveness, or self-sacrifice love?  Do you consider whether or not these are defining traits in your life, and in your community's life? Are you attempting to move in this direction, however imperfectly we may do so?

 

Do you consider whether or not you display these attitudes at work?  At home? With friends? With family? When you fall short, do you strive to right that wrong?

 

If so, you are successful.

 

A prayer for your recovery journey

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than

To be comforted –

To understand, than to be understood –

To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

 

Amen

 

May you find a way to comfort, understand, love, set ego aside, and forgive today.  In so doing, may God grant you mercy.  

 

A Living Prayer

A prayer for you on this day…

 

Lord, for the sins of this past year, we beg you for mercy.  Here our cry.  For the sins of others who have hurt us this year, we beg you for mercy on their behalf.  Here our cry.  Grant us your Spirit, to lead us into a heart of repentance and forgiveness.

 

For the times this year when we have forgotten who we are because of who you are, we ask your forgiveness.  Here our cry. 

 

And as we leave this year and begin afresh, we invite you to give us the rest you have promised, provide the abundance of life and vitality that you desire for us, and give us a willingness to do your will.  Here our cry.

 

Deliver us.  Amen

 

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