In the Jewish Talmud there is a reference that states “greater than one who does mitzvah, is one who causes others to do mitzvah"
MitzvahIn Luke 17 Jesus talks about sin coming into the world but woe to the man whom they come.
He goes on to say that it would be better for a milstone to be hung around the neck
and drown in the sea than to cause one of these little ones to sin.
This scares me -
For any teacher, mother, father, or mentor this is scary --they are watching you –
they want to be like you ,
you have a rare window of opportunity to shape, mold, teach, preach and
have a trusting relationship with your children and then its gone.
Would we be pleased with how our children reacted to what we said and did?Would we be pleased? or Horrified?
Probably a mix of both.
I know I wish I would have slowed down to SEEOur behavior and poor choices can cause another to accept
our sin as okay and then follow suit.
In equal measure our good choices or our “mitzvah” can cause others to do well.
We can inspire rather than degrade
We can encourage rather discourage
We can be light and not darkness.
But either way we pay it forward,
plant something somewhere in each other with every action and choice.
It can be overwhelming yet
This isn’t about doing it “right” -it’s about doing it real.
We are thinking, wonderfully ,fearfully created beings by an all knowing and all loving God.
We can as Jesus says “Pay attention to ourselves,"
Not in pride or self absorption but in SEEING ---
Pay attention to what you say, what you do.
And prior to doing that it is advisable to pay attention to what you hear,
what you look at,
what you read,
what you allow to get into your soul via your time, schedule, money and environmentThe old adage garbage in, garbage out has been proven over and over.And to that we might add garbage picked up.Feed yourself with trash, vomit that trash up and watch others pick it up and make it their own.
But the opposite is also trueFeed yourself with goodness, and give goodness to others
His loving kindness has no bounds.He, the greatest of all, gives us His kindness and when we receive it we are kind to others.May I add here to also be kind to yourself...
You do not have to earn God’s kindness over and over.
He just gives it to you – moment after momentMay we do the same with others, because we are His.
Don’t make people earn your kindness,
don’t let your circumstances dictate weather kindness makes and appearance or not.God is kind to you –You be kind to youYou be kind to others,So kind that you cause others to do mitzvah too.