Thought for the Week

Each week we have a ‘Thought for the Week’, a special theme on which our work, worship and daily activity is focused.

Thought for the Week

19th February 2018

Thought for the WeekGive – definition ‘to freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone).

Gandhi said: ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’

We learn early on that it is better to give than to receive. We are taught to give and it feels good to help someone in need.

Our thought for the week challenges us to think about how we give. Do we give because we think we should or we are told to? Do we give freely? Do we give with love expecting nothing in return?

A gift, be it a donation to charity or a present for someone close, should always be personal just as love is personal.  In the Christian faith, Jesus came in person. He didn’t come as a religion, a set of laws, or merely as an ideal; he came in person, it was personal and his message was to love thy neighbour.

We are now in Lent, the time of year we focus on our acts of kindness to others. Take a moment to reflect on the thought for the week and the words of this proverb. During Lent what will you give, how can you serve others? Will be it be done in love?

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

~Chinese proverb