Wednesday, October 9th


“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.  if you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.  So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”   Matthew 6:1-4

Dear Jesus, Spare me from the strong desire to receive affirmation from people that I am doing the good things in life.  Help me to be thoughtlessly thoughtful and carelessly generous.  Make me forget my good deeds the moment I finish them and focus the eyes of my heart on the welfare and needs of others.  Make me compassionate for them and happy for their successes.  Just help me get over myself and learn to be as in love with people as you are.  Amen.

Living for others is a great cure for boredom and unhappiness.