2 Corinthians 5:14-15: “Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

It was an impulse to reach out and pull someone away from what could have been a fatal accident. For a split second we rose to the occasion and acted selflessly. Being at the right place at the right time was part of it. But then our heroic moments pass and we settle back in our routines in a world that mostly evolves around us.

Here is a little joke that I’ve learnt from my husband:

A Bear walks into a local bar and orders a Gin – with Tonic, pausing between “Gin” and “Tonic” as if to second-guess himself.

The barkeeper says: “Gin with tonic! Will be up in a second – but what’s up with that pause?”

The bear shows his paws and says: “I was born with them!”

Funny, I know. There’s a point to the story of course (otherwise you’d be wondering: ‘Why in the world is she telling us a lame joke?’) The bear comes with paws because he was born with them. We humans come with a selfish mindset – because we were born with it! And so it makes sense that we have trouble understanding what a selfless life style entails. While admirable, it often comes across as boring and sterile.

We simply cannot will ourselves to live selflessly because we have little to no understanding what that means in the first place. It’s very much like listening in to a conversation in a language we’ve never heard before. It’s all Greek to us! That’s where Jesus comes in. In the renewal process when selfless life is being translated to us, He is our translator. It’s the beginning of a lifetime adventure!

Naturally, a learning curve is involved as we embrace the selfless life style; our talents are definitely part of the equation. For instance, I have artistic talents and sing for a living. My favorite audience I find in the memory care unit. The connection established with this special audience is what I call a God-moment. Returning to sing for them on a regular basis, it’s the kind of audience that gets to know you every time you come back, simply because they can’t remember you from the last time. Within an hour of music entertainment the connection happens. It’s magical and it gets me excited every time. The blessing to remember cannot be taken for granted, and to see memories reactivated by the sound of an old tune is just plain beautiful.

You too have gifts that God will use if you let Him. You’ll have magic moments of your own, and you’ll discover to your amazement that a selfless life style isn’t sterile at all. It’s rich and rewarding. We were all born with a mindset that knows no alternatives to selfishness – but Jesus came to blow our minds!

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