“Be the change you want to see in the world”

I would like to share with you part of my online ‘word on the web‘ daily inspiration from 3 July. Currently working through the book of Obadiah.

There is always a temptation to expect God to bring about his purposes supernaturally, and yet doesn’t it make sense that God should use people to do his work here on earth? …There is a poem (wrongly) attributed to Teresa of Avila, which starts:

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Some people object to this poem, as it appears to deny that God has any supernatural power, but I think that we do well to take it to heart. After all, if we wish a blessing on someone in need but do nothing to meet their need, what good have we done? If we are to truly serve God, our actions must match our prayers, hopes and words. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.


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