Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 11 March
Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.
So often we are drawn into believing that if we were only better than the next person, we would be satisfied. We strive for the next step up the ladder, the new car, the bigger house, the latest gadget. And yet, once we get there, we look for something more. We are still dissatisfied.
Jesus tells his disciples that if they want to be great and powerful, they need to be humble. They need to serve others. This is counter-intuitive. It goes against the norm.
Perhaps we also need to go against the norm. Rather than trying to get the newest and the best stuff, we can step out of the race, and make time and space for people instead.
To focus on building good relationships with our neighbours, with God, with ourselves and with creation is the way to true happiness and fulfilment.
In turn we may then find it easier to serve others, rather than being slaves to our own desires. In this way, we can help others reach their full potential and build a happy and dignified life.
God of joy, help me to see that true happiness comes from you. Fill me with your love and lead me to serve others in whatever way I can. Amen.
Thank you for all that you already do to bring hope and joy to our world. How else can you use your talents to serve others this Lent? Check out our A-Z of fundraising ideas to get inspired and make a difference.