Why are you helping?

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Walking home from school required a walk through the park. Sam usually never meet or saw any of his school mates on his walk home. Most of Sams friends were busy and the few that weren’t had rides to carry them home. The solitary nature of his journey home never really bothered Sam it was just always that way, so when Sam saw 3 boys his age in the park Thursday afternoon he was a pleasantly surprised. When Sam saw that 2 of the 3 boys were beating up 1 of the boys his pleasant disposition polarized and Sam felt a litany of emotion ranging from anger to fear and there was some compassion mixed in there. Sam knew that he being the second in this quartet evened the odds and would make the playing field fare so Sam jumped into the melee and the 2 bullies absconded. Sam walked his school mate home and he was sure the two would be friends for life, however the next day at school his new “friend” pretended that he didn’t exist at all. Sam was hurt and angry. When no one else would or could I helped you out and this is how you repay me? How dare you!

When we give or help out our fellow-man it can be easy to imagine this as an investment. We are giving our time and or money and very often both to a person. We expect to be repaid in one way or another by this person. I can’t help but think when we help with this type of attitude we are setting ourselves up for failure. I am not sure where you fall with the whole existence of a god thing however Mother Teresa believed in the existence of a god and everything she did was between her and God, not her and anyone she was helping.  

 

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, People may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, They may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.” — Mother Teresa
 

So next time you decide to do good do good for goodness sake not for someone or something.

peace

john3c

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