Yielding For the Common Good

30 09 2010

As each of us focuses on making “A String of Pearls” and we look at the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) there are 9 pearls that we will focus on cultivating and growing in 2010.  (See our Theme for 2010 tab above for more information on all 9) Here we start our look at our last, Pearl 8 – GENTLENESSS

We live in a world where the focus is all on self.  We hear statements like “what about me” and “what am I going to do.” When you really think about it, if we take the focus off of ourselves and instead focus on others needs, this gives us the greatest return as we focus on living a life that yields to the common good.  In this vein we would hear or say stuff like “we should bring folks up with us”, “I  haven’t forgotten where I came from”, “it’s important to give back”.  In other words, when I am doing well in my profession, I should be willing to share my knowledge and mentor someone.  When I make it out of the hood, I should want to give back to that very place I tried so hard to get out of.  Why?  Because someone is having the same struggle you were having only they may not have the resources or the strength to get out like you did.  This is REALLY what being gentle or meek is all about.

I know when most folks think of the word meek, you think of someone that is lowly and less than.  Someone that allows folks to run all over them but it really is the opposite of all of that.  You see someone that is meek or gentle in spirit, knows who they are and lives in their purpose but does not need to be validated or honored. Instead their gentle spirit is what allows them to think beyond themselves to do for others.  As a matter of fact many times in the bible we read that a meek and quiet spirit is so precious to God that He rewards the meek.

 “The meek shall inherit the earth” – Matthew 5:5 

It is because those with a gentle/meek spirit give so much to others that they receive so much in return.  If you think about it, some of the most powerful leaders in this world have worked in the spirit of meekness as they do what they do or did what they did NOT for self but for others. Ya don’t believe me?  Here are some examples. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement was not about Dr. King but about the fight for the rights of African American people everywhere!  Mother Theresa devoted her life to serving the poor and dispossessed.  Actually if I pull out an example from the good book, the bible, Moses went before Pharaoh to say “let my people go” well that was not about him but for the freedom of his people. Even Ms. Oprah, focuses her show on others living their best life and look at all she has and the more she gets, the more she seems to give!  So is the equation to living our best life?  To give and give and give and not look for anything in return?  Wow look at the blessings that come when you yield for the common good….that’s what I call an inheritance!!!! 

So how would I describe someone that has a gentle/meek spirit?  It is like a humble confidence.  When you have a humble confidence, it does not matter what life throws at you, your meekness ensures that you will never respond negatively, impulsively or in a hot-headed manner.  You don’t get all full of yourself.  NO! Instead your focus is on the issue at hand as you try to find a happy solution for all parties involved. Where does this come from?  Well with meekness comes an inner peace and a thankful resonance for the blessings you do have, as you know all that you are and have is a gift that can easily be taken away.  Which means you are always acting in a spirit of gratitude without focusing on the bad.  Lastly, someone with a gentle and meek spirit does not dwell on the past.  They know that the past is OVER! Instead they focus with excitement at the future as they rejoice about the things to come. All of these things are phenomenal reasons to have a gentle and meek spirit, one that knows that life is lived at its best when you know who you are and yield to the common good.

So how do we transform our lives to having a gentle and meek spirit?   We will look at this in the coming weeks but today here is something to reflect on…..  Are you living a life of meekness?  Is everything all about you or do you live a life that yields to the common good? 

“God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart”. – Izaak Walton

 “The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest”  — Thomas More

“Greatness lies not in trying to be somebody but in trying to help somebody”.–Unknown

 “A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.” – Fr. James Keller

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