Be the Blessing

We are in the middle of a month long renewal of stewardship at my church, St. Matthias in Somerset, NJ. Each weekend, we hear from diverse speakers who talk about the many aspects of being a faithful steward and active disciple.

This weekend, the message touched on Tikkun Olam, which refers to repairing (or restoring) the world. By doing good deeds (mitzvot), deeds that feed the hungry, clothe the naked, put a roof over the homeless, and destroy injustice, we perfect ourselves and we repair the world.

I was reminded of a saying that Canada-based consultant Jan Yuill often mentions on the Organization Development Network discussion board:

~ "Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place."

That sums up the steward's role nicely.

Florida-based consultant Ed Hampton puts it poetically like this:

~ "Please keep your goodness coming! You were blessed to be a blessing. And take your blessings to action of spirit."


Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday October 30, 2011

Comments

Jan Yuill said…
Terrence:

What a surprise to see the "take care" portion of your message! It continues to inspire me in such a simple way.

For your readers, the quote came from an article on Meg Wheatley's site - http://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/life.html

If you scroll about 4/5 down the page (or search for the words), you will read a story about a junior high school principle and how he inspired his students and staff with these 3 "rules." (Read both paragraphs for the illustration that she gives about how it was applied.)

All the best,
Jan

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