Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anyway: Authentic Christian Witness

As we settle back in our routines here at 'home', it's can become easy to fall prey to the idea that life here in Kansas City is somehow ordinary or mundane, lacking in importance. Quite the contrary! Actually, our homes and workplaces, those places where we spend most of our waking hours can be some of the best places for authentic Christian ministry to happen! The following poem is a good reminder to stay the course and keep loving God and loving people when hit with the realities of everyday life. . .even when we're not in the "Land Down Under".

Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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