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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jonah, Chapter 1, verse 9-10:
9 “I am a Hebrew,” he replied; “I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him, “How could you do such a thing!”—They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them.

Jonah as wise as he was tried to flee the Lord, are we any wiser.  We often choose the wrong path. Jonah was motivated but not by love. He wanted justice and not mercy for Nineveh. Pope Francis in a dispute recently stated that mercy is greater than justice when confronted with the sins of mankind and the churches stance.  Our Lord desires to give us his mercy and we should seek it and give it as often as possible.

Image result for love of mother teresaIn our book study of Character is Destiny[1] Mother Teresa shows us how mercy is the only way to find contentment by being selfless. Great leadership is based on a foundation of love. McCain states, “She chose to live amid squalor and sickness and desperation, endured hardship and endless toil, and might have been the happiest person on earth.” Mother did not flee from the Lord; nor did she fear anyone. When the Lord called her; she knew the call was authentic because it filled her with joy.

The first counsel of Mother Teresa is to put your hand in His and walk all the way with Him. When you hear the call to follow: follow. To Mother Teresa it was never more complicated than that. To her care of the dying was the purest expression of love. Who around you is dying-physically, emotionally or spiritually? Love might not heal every wound of disease but it heals the heart.  McCain notes that Mother Teresa showed that rather than chasing ambition the greatest contentment comes from having a foundation of love. “She loved and was loved, and her happiness was complete.”

This week let us read and study the "Hopefulness" of John Winthrop and build the next block of leadership to others by giving them hope in a dark world. I will post my observations from this chapter next Friday. 




[1] McCain, John and Salter, Mark. (2005) Character is destiny. Random House, New York.

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