Quote of the day

It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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9 thoughts on “Quote of the day”

  1. What a wonderful quote. The helping can come in the form of word, act, or deed and what occurs according to research is greater levels of health and happiness, and emotional well being. As a teacher I have enjoyed working with children helping them read, do math, or write. It is so exciting to me to see the light bulbs that they finally understood. I have enjoyed the wonderful help of volunteers who have come into the class and have given of themselves to assist children giving of their time, helping hands, and knowledge. This coming year our class will be assisted by a wonderful company who are gathering a lot of materials for the class. In this angelic helping of hands which have given of their time and money students, parents, and the school will be happy.

    During this last retreat of thedailylily.org I enjoyed along with other members of the team getting the retreat house prepared. As I result we were all blessed with beauty and the Lord blessed and met us there.

    The bible says in the Message bible: Philippians 2:1
[ He Took on the Status of a Slave ] If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Philippians 2:1-3 (in Context) Philippians 2 (Whole Chapter)
    1 Timothy 6:17
Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:16-18 (in Context) 1 Timothy 6 (Whole Chapter)

  2. This part of the Bible passage Rena quoted “…Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead…” was an integral focus of what we learned from the 3rd Annual Daily Lily retreat ‘The Four Bees’. We learned that our unique giftings are to be used to build up and help others in the body of Christ and that as we do this our own grow. Sara said her book ‘The Four Bees’ …”you are watering your own gift to come forth when you recognize and exhort and encourage another. When you feel happy, joyful about another’s gifts your gift will shine.”
    One beautiful compensation we receive is the gift of a healthy ‘authentic self’ when we help others. And the Lord is pleased.

  3. Because of the traditional high standards of work ethic that is brought forth in Sara’s & Gary’s teachings we have learned that “working to earn a living” is just one aspect of that ethic. The spiritual goal of working a job is to gain seed to plant in God’s Kingdom, making Sweet Charity a focus of our ministry and of our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
    To use our earned substance to not only care for ourselves but for others,
    our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and to help the poor is not only a blessing to others, but we bless ourselves with the satisfaction that we are doing God’s will and that in doing so HE is pleased with us.
    I am watching a Christian-driven organization here in Flroida, dedicated
    to providing for the poor and indigent, those needing help and deliverance from substance abuse, those in need of food, salvation, education, jobs,
    succeed as the leaders and workers alike are strongly motivated to labor in this harvest field because of their love for Jesus Christ and His mission to bring souls into the Kingdom and for them to bear good fruit. To see people’s lives being changed and their entering into productive lives for the Lord is truly amazing gratigying and a blessing.
    As they labor here in southern Florida, the Lord is opening more and more doorsof opporunity and there is an anointing on the work of helping the poor. The Lord promised this in His book…”the earnings of the righteous..the upright in right standing with God…lead to life…”
    Proverbs 11:17 says,”the merciful, kind and generous man benefits himself for his deed return to bless him.”

  4. The quote above also reminds me of this teaching and promise of Jesus about giving and helping others. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

  5. This quote speaks of ‘team playing’ to me. As we watch and listen with great interest to the summer Olympics in China we are reminded each moment how important team playing is to winning. If we want to be a winner we have to be a great team player.
    A few of many questions I ask myself often are:
    Am I available as a resource to others on my team, in order to discuss any aspect of team projects.
    Do I make it as easy as possible for others to ask me for help.
    Do I create an environment of trust and integrity, where people can talk with me in confidence.
    As part of the “Body of Christ” we need to communicate effectively to one another to unlock his or her and our potential for continuous improvement and performance.

  6. These are good questions to ask ourselves and realize that our every individual word, action and effort impacts every other team member. Doing our job ‘right’ is a critical component to making every one else’s job on the team effective.
    “He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
    Weak links in the team can make it structurally unsound.
    “If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts share its suffering. If one part is praised, all the others share in its happiness.” (I Cor 12:26)

  7. Luke 6: 38, along with all that we learned at our recent retreat, certainly supports the above quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have just read that the tallest woman in the world has passed away. Her name was Sandy Allen, and she was 7feet 7inches tall. She could have hid herself away and withdrew from society, because she was “different”, but she found a way to help people. She loved going to school to help children learn that “it is ok, to be different.” Who knows how many children this lady may have helped, by using her gifts and abilities, and I know she must have helped herself, as well.

  8. I read this story as well about Sandy. What an inspiration! When we focus on light we get light. It is great to read and share encouragement and inspiration.

  9. Thanks for sharing this Needles. Just like in a human body the eye is different from the toe and doesn’t have the same funscion. But if you don’t have an eye the toe may get stumped and if you don’t have a toe it’s not easy for your feet to take you where your eye sees to go. Reminds me of I Cor 12:4 “Now there are different qualities given to men, but the same Spirit.”

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