Tuesday 10th March

Selflessness

Ephesians 3:17

May Christ dwell in your hearts,
and, being rooted and grounded in love,
may you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

A famous violinist, when asked how he managed to play a Beethoven concerto so beautifully
said: “I have a splendid instrument, splendid music, a splendid bow.
All I have to do is bring them together and get out of the way.”

How often do I allow me to get in the way of God’s beautiful flow in life?
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One of my spiritual heroes, the 17th Century French priest, Jean Pierre de Caussade wrote
that when we see ourselves as instruments in the hand of God we learn to
act quietly, without anxiety and without hurry.
He also said that we are not uneasy about the future or concerned about the past.
In other words. We get out of the way.
Things are always a lot harder when we are concerned with how we are seen by others,
when our egos are overly involved.
We become overly concerned about results. We become afraid of failure.
We have an image to maintain, we want to look good. How tiring that is!
Jean Pierre de Caussade reminds us to just get out of the way;
to do whatever we do to the best of our ability and leave the rest with God.