Hopefully we all have them–the kind of friends that make your life worthwhile, who bring a smile to your face, and who teach you how to be a better person. I was 18 when I met this individual who was a wee bit older than me. Today we celebrated his sixty years of life as he humbly let us toast him. Many accolades were mentioned and he was delighted with many of the stories. What came through for me was what a joy this man truly is and how he understands the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises as he is moved by Love and returns everything to God in gratitude. He is a true servant.
I listened to the stories and had my own flashbacks of a friendship that has spanned 30-plus years and seen us both grow into ourselves as adults. I listened to his nieces and nephews share their love for this man. I smiled watching him watch them. Most of them have become adults now too and will have this role model to shape their lives. Several helped plan the party and a wonderful surprise present.
I could not help but wonder as he received birthday blessing after birthday blessing, if this is how God feels watching us–an immense pride at creation. He must bring a warm pride to God’s heart as he engages in service in humble and small ways, improving life for so many people. He is a man for others and I am proud to call him my friend.
Review your day. What do you think is running through God’s mind as God watches your behaviour today?
Who in your life do you inspire to be a better person?
God watches us watching you
and casts our eyes upon your goodness
You are an inspiration
God nudges us to smile with God
Sit back and say, Well done, faithful servant.
Continue on and bring more joy to
our needy world.