Freely love, but love with humility. By so doing, you’ll find personal freedom and comforting joy. You’ll be cultivating and caring for others, while progressing on the road for the living wisely. These will be qualitative moments and you’ll be embracing your true life’s calling. With pureness of living you’ll become like missionaries, gardens blossoming, and full of life. Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821 -1881), Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic, remarked, “There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.” Such humility is having a clean mind and heart, a certain quality of life, and love that generates kindness. For then, we’ll be living good lives under God’s protection. These are enriched and be actively engaging to others in our communities.
The Liberating News
James A. Baldwin (1924 -1987), novelist, essayist, and playwright, revealed, “The question which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and becomes one’s key to the experience to others.” With this self-introspection, such persons have to be free from guilt, and experience inner freedom. For as Christians, they must know the joys of evangelizing, by finding life-giving forces, for missionary work. We’ll then be living transformed lives which are illuminated. God will reign within us and we’ll be living to our fullest God-given potential . Such is having dignity which is found in the everliving and abiding truth of the Word. In short, it’s the Word of life, bearing witness in our circumstances, and affairs. This is how we’ll live deeply and effectively in the Christian faith.
Joy of Faith
To be faith-filled is to experience a quiet joy. Christians are joyful people expressing streams of happiness to those they meet. They give delightful praises, shine forth their lights, and are excited about living. They have been touched by the supernatural hand of God and tasted life’s diverse possibilities. These are those who live abundantly and have positive outlooks. Their blessings are found because of lives of prayers. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), German-born theoretical physicist, saw, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Much of what Christians believe is through their faith. They dream putting thoughts in their actions and works. For they realized like Aesop (620 – 564 BC), ancient Greek fabulist, “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” These holy ones live, by giving thanks, and praising God, for his mighty works, and goodness.
Joy of Poor People
Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997), Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary, urged, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” She and her Sisters of Charity would find great joy working amongst the poor and sacrificing for them. Their missionaries continue to be joyful witnesses, built on new lives in the poverty of everyday lives. They recognize human frailties and are willing to do their best as servants to beggars and lepers.
Being missionaries to the poor, we bring dignity, and fulfilled lives to forgotten people. Our main focus isn’t only the downtrodden, exploited, and heart-broken, but on every life, here and now. As we look ahead, their afflictions will be no more in the world to come, for in it, there will be perfect peace and happiness. Gods of money and power are false idols, and our answer to them, lie in living simply, and sharing. It’s such distribution of material wealth and dialogue to the least among us which matter most. These are what the lives of missionaries show us and compassionate living is all about.
When performing deeds Christians can step back in contemplation. Max Lucado (b. 1955), best selling Christian author and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, feels, “The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’” In the end, it isn’t the dirt and squalor, deprivation, or the laws, but God’s ‘grace’ which means everything to us.