He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:9
Everybody loves a great story. The best stories are the ones that have been told many times over and handed down from generation to generation. There is something really special about hearing a story of someone who lived in a time or place I can only imagine. I suppose the Bible is the perfect example of the importance of preserving a story by sharing and passing it down. Today’s post is some great stuff about living ; it has passed from generation to generation, then to a friend, then to some kids who may not really understand it yet, and to a teacher who thought the message was far too wonderful not to share. Get ready though, this story contains some information that is quite contrary to what the world would have us believe so prepare to do some big thinking.
The story I’d like to share comes from a very good and wise man named Gordon Krupp, father of the awesome Fr. Joe Krupp. The story came to the middle lovelies and me via our new principal, Mr. Thelen who worked with Fr. Joe. The story is about the basic rules for living; but before you can put the rules in action, you have to be clear about the purpose of living. The whole reason God put us on this earth was so we could return to him. Our main purpose in life can’t be to get rich, powerful and have the best stuff. The purpose is to get back to HIM. With that thought in mind, let me share the story.
A life worth living is worth living right so here are the 5 basic rules for life.
Rule #1: Life is hard.
Rule #2 You are not important.
Rule #3 Your life is not about you.
Rule#4 You are not in control.
Rule #5 You are going to die. (Mr. Thelen didn’t share this one with a room full of 12 year olds☺)
Two sub notes…God blessed us all differently and God definitely has a sense of humor.
So how’s that for a big dose of set you straight honest truth! As Mr. Thelen was sharing these rules I began to think of the people I admire or I am inspired by and these seem to be the rules they live by. These are the rules for people who are giants of humility and service. These are the rules for people who are joyful and peaceful. These are the rules for people who don’t complain, argue or compare. These are the rules for people who love Jesus with their whole heart. These are the rules for people who make life better for everyone and give us all a little glimpse of heaven here on earth.
When we watch the six 0’clock news and shake our head in discouragement, let’s think about what the news report would sound like if we all followed Mr. Krupp’s rules for life. Let’s think about how spoiled and selfish we can be when we have to wait at a stoplight or check-out line or when we don’t get immediate friendly service. Let’s think about how annoyed and offended we get when someone else gets credit even though they don’t work as hard as we do. Let’s think about how much time we spend trying to create the perfect life filled with all the latest, impressive, most convenient stuff. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for me to start thinking more about the story of the five rules and less about myself.
I think I’ll start with rule number 2! I think I’ll take Blessed Mother Theresa as my example as I begin to work on this one. She achieved such greatness but never once entertained the notion that she was important; only that God was and we know that he worked in mighty ways through her humble heart. Lord, help me think more of you and less of me! Thank you Mr. Krupp for wise words that can serve as an excellent compass pointing toward Our Father!
A Seed To Plant: Post the five rules somewhere visible and begin living them today!
Blessings on your day!
Faith in God includes faith in his timing. Habakkuk 2:3
I gave the oldest middle lovelies a task last week and they met the challenge with flying colors. Their work was so great I just had to share! I gave each of the students a paper billboard and asked them to design a colorful and meaningful message that would help others understand the importance of faith. I told them I would hang the best ones in the hall. They were so good we hung them all throughout the entire building. We had been discussing the gift of faith given at Baptism, and the faith of those in Sacred Scripture but the challenge was to make the meaning come to life for their peers in easy to understand language. I hope you find their messages as inspiring as I did and I hope you finish this post with a fresh perspective and some words to ponder.
*Faith doesn’t make things easy; it makes them possible.
*Faith is bigger than fear.
*Faith is like soap: you can never really use too much.
*Faith is not hoping God can, it’s knowing He will.
*Faith is not knowing what the future holds, it’s knowing who holds the future.
*Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.
*Worry ends when faith in God begins.
*Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
*Faith doesn’t make sense, that’s why it makes miracles.
*Faith can move mountains but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.
And one of my very favorites… Faith is like a disease…it spreads quickly!
A Seed To Plant: Pick one of the thoughts above and pray with it for the week.
Blessings on your day!
Do everything without grumbling and complaining and faultfinding and questioning. Philippians 2:14
I’m pretty sure St. Paul also meant to add the word arguing to that list too. This verse from Philippians just so happens to be the first set of WOW words for the middle lovelies this school year. They are not the words I had chosen and written in my lesson plan book but somehow on Monday morning they were the ones that jumped off the page as I was searching for the verse I had planned. That always means they are perfect for somebody! As we read, wrote, discussed and privately reflected on this verse the reactions were hilarious. I thought I’d share some of my favorites.
*Seriously, that’s like a real rule we’re supposed to follow?
*If I stop saying all that stuff my mom will never hear my voice!
*Does getting into Heaven have anything to do with that verse because if it does I’m in big trouble!
*Is this information just for kids or for everybody?
*I think I’d like to ask my parents to read this verse because if I have to try to live by it I think they should too.
*Seriously, can anybody besides Pope Francis even do that?
*I could probably do better with this if my mom would quit trying to make me eat vegetables every day.
As you might imagine, there has been a lot of great discussion! I would love to read their prayer journals and see how they responded to the question; “What’s your plan to live this verse?” One middle lovely asked me if I picked hard verses on purpose. I seriously have the best job ever!
As I have prayed with this verse myself this week I have been tested as I try to live it. It’s amazing how many times I find myself stumbling over these words. It all reminded me of a quote I heard last year that said; “Complaining is the greatest form of selfishness.” That quote stings because each time I grumbled or complained this week it was because something happened that wasn’t convenient or easy or pleasant for me. This verse shines a light and as the middle lovelies and I have discovered, we don’t always like what we see in the light. One of the middle lovelies asked, “How am I ever gonna stop this?” Before I could reply, in chimed the perfect answer, “If we pray more and think of the stuff people are good at we will have less time to complain and say nasty stuff.” Well put don’t ya think!
A Seed To Plant: Write this verse down and stick it in a few places. When you’ve let it wash over you a few days, keep track of the number of times in a week you are tempted to do exactly what the verse tells us not to. What if we all followed that smart middle lovely’s advice?
Blessings on your day!
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