Anyway

In Matthew 5:38-48 Jesus gives us some more hard things to do. Turn the other cheek. Love our enemies. 

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa, assumed to be taken from the Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith. 

We'll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am or online, as we gather to worship and lean into these "anyway" ways of Jesus. It will be a rich time together as we hear from the group who went to Memphis, TN and Booneville, MS last week and spent time with our sisters and brothers at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. See you then! 

Grace be with you, 

Vikki


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