Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I follow my own agendas and plans, disregarding the needs of others and the designs of God, I live for myself. Similarly, when my own agendas and plans disintegrate and I choose to withdraw from family, colleagues and those in need around me and lick my wounds or plot my own self-repair, I am also living for myself. St. Paul teaches that to live out of self-centred thoughts and self-referenced actions leads to death. Instead, Paul advises [me] to see others and myself from God’s point of view, and to live in Christ. Then “there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” Christ Jesus, help me live no longer for myself but for you … .
You have been my help and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. (Psalm 63)
Soli ad gloriam dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.