Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
I know many of you have recently had difficulties reading one of my blogs and for that I apologize. I contacted the Technical Support Desk at my website for help. Once the problem had been explained it was dealt with courteously and efficiently using language that even an Ancient Briton like me could understand. However, not only did the adviser tell me how to avoid the problem in future she went back, reformatted and re published my blog God has a Plan! It is now accessible for you all to read which I hope you will do. I really appreciated her extra effort in going the extra mile so,of course, I thanked her sincerely
Jesus had something to say about going the extra mile (Matt 5:41) and that is exactly what God is calling us to do. No doubt you remember he parable of the good Samaritan(Luke 10:25-37). He could have simply bound up the victim's wounds and left him there. After all he had a long journey ahead of him and anyway someone else would be along shortly to help the injured man on his way..Yet despite him being a Samaritan and the victim a Jew nevertheless he bound his wounds, put him on his own beast of burden to an inn., paid for a night's lodging and before leaving asked the innkeeper to let him know if anything further was owed next time he passed that way To my mind the Samaritan went that extra mile.
You see, God does not want part time Christians doing the absolute minimum for others or Christians who pay lip service to the whole idea. God asks our whole undivided service. In fact, the words of St Ignatius of Loyola whose Feast Day is 31 July sum up what is required of us: 'Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will, all that I have and call my own. .'
Are you prepared to hand over 'all that I have and call my own' to God in the service of others? Will you go that extra mile for your neighbour?
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years