Our virtue this week is SIMPLICITY – The strength to live focused on what is truly important. Keeping it SIMPLE is a great path to success in many ways.
Lord, You chose to be born in the most SIMPLE of places, a stable in a cave. You chose to live in a time with few comforts and conveniences. Teach us to be SIMPLE as You were. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
Life is Like a Cup of Coffee
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups. Porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive and some exquisite.
He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee.
After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking and expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee.
In most cases, it is just more expensive, and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup.
But you consciously went for the best cups … And then you began eyeing each other’s cups to see who had the best one.
Now consider this … Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups.
They are just tools to hold and contain LIFE.
And the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.
Sometimes, by only concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups!
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply.
Who do you compare yourself to?
Is it making you focus on what is not important? Like the cup instead of the coffee?
Let’s focus on the one most important thing we need to improve on today.
Share with each student the area they have most improved in this year. Build them up and make them realize that you notice their accomplishments.
Lord Jesus, thank You for this wonderful opportunity to gather together to praise You, to honor You and glorify You with our effort and our longings to improve and grow. May You be the most important Person and Focus of our lives.
We pray for all those who have asked us to pray for them.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Clean up your room and maybe pack up a few things that are cluttering your space so you can focus more easily on the important things in life.
“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Isaac Newton
“I continue to be drawn to clarity and simplicity. ‘Less is more’ remains my mantra.” – Stephane Rolland
“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.” – Bruce Lee
“I like simplicity; I don’t need luxury.” – Francis Ford Coppola
“Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.” – Edsger Dijkstra
“Real art is basic emotion. If a scene is handled with simplicity – and I don’t mean simple – it’ll be good, and the public will know it.” – John Wayne
“I find that kid actors are great reminders of the simplicity of acting. As you get older, you can sometimes complicate things a little more. You can become too aware of, ‘Okay, this is the scene emotionally. This is where we need to be. We’ve got the climax coming up.’ You can start to analyze it too much.” – Hugh Jackman
Luke 10: 38-42
As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher.
He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.
Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.