It Is Not About Us

It Is Not About Us!

It’s not about us. It’s about God, who created and redeemed us, and who sustains our life day by day. We have been created by God and for God, and we will find our deepest joy and satisfaction when we live in union with God.

-Br. David Vryhof

It is never about us, but always about God. When it becomes about us, we shrivel up and die.

There is a quote: “Be like Jesus: Spend time with sinners to ruin your reputation with religious people.”

There is another quote which says: “Find a tribe and get in it forever.”

The problem with “finding your tribe”, is it narrows our vision, it limits how we perceive life. That limitation becomes destructive to one’s self and to others. When we look at things from God we have a universal outlook. It is easy to be in a tribe, we do not get hurt as often.Stay in our  race, age group, socio economic group, we stay safe and miss out on loving people.

Sinners are people who break boundaries, live outside the tribal expectations. Real sin is when we hurt people–physically and emotionally. Religious people stay in their tribes, and in those tribes they point their fingers in judgment and condemnation, forgetting that they have four fingers pointing back at them.  Those four fingers have much to say to each of us.But in the criticism with the one finger we lose a part of ourselves, a part that gives meaning to life.

Our labels are our tribes, they are good in some respects, but when we use them to criticize and condemn they hurt and destroy. For example referring to someone as “old” or as “just a kid”, limits, it puts a circle around that person rather than appreciating the beauty of the person.

Our lives are constantly changing, and never the same, and so to stand back without judgment allows us to appreciate all of life.Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr.River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-30-5-2124

http://www.temenos.org

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