Christian Public Servant – “always giving to others”

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March 14, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading
Proverbs 31:25-29 [TLB] She is a woman of strength and dignity and has no fear of old age. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says. She watches carefully all that goes on throughout her household and is never lazy. Her children stand and bless her; so does her husband. He praises her with these words: “There are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all!”

Reflection
Many, many years ago a young graduate student stepped off an airplane in a foreign land and was greeted by a woman named Pat. Pat was to be his host mother for the next year. Little did he know how special this woman was and how blessed his life would be because of her. Pat was married to a great man but as I soon learned how true the saying is that, “behind every great man there is an even greater woman.”

As I was welcomed into this new family I saw a woman who shared her love with all. She was her husband’s greatest asset at work and in the community. Her son was just starting his career. They played golf together and became one of the country’s top ranked mother/son teams. Golfing helped him be noticed by the top executives in his company and helped kick start his career. To her daughter she gave both her stubbornness and heart of gold. Everywhere she went in the community she was known for her service. Pat was always giving to others by making the lives of others better.

A few days ago I learned that Pat had passed on to her eternal reward in heaven. While deeply saddened I reflected back on how much she had blessed my life in that one short year because she was always giving to others. Pat had a wonderful career in public service to others. She served her husband, her children, and her community. All who knew her could say that she led a life of always giving to others. Pat lived an exceptional life by blessings others and for that I and many others will always be grateful.

Today in your workplace as Christian public servants, who can you give to? Who can you serve? Whose career can you advance? Who can you encourage with a thought, a word, or deed? We often serve ourselves but who can we serve? Think about the people in life who have blessed you and bless someone because some blessed you.

Prayer
Lord, help me to bless and serve others today. Help me to have the attitude to be always giving to others each and every day In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Kevin Cooney
Visiting Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Japan

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