Friday, July 1, 2022

The Doormat Dilemma

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.                                                                    Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
      Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
      Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
      Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
      Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
      Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
      Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
      Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
      Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
      Give the world the best you have anyway.”

The Paradoxical Commandments ― Kent M. Keith 

The Paradoxical Commandments seem to be a crazy invitation to become a living doormat! And yet, they reflect the preaching of Jesus Christ and the writings of his disciples. Jesus said that his followers are meant to be just that, followers and imitators of him. 

When Jesus lived on this earth he set aside his personal rights and submitted his entire earthly life to one objective – rescuing the human race from the consequences of sin and evil. To those who have put their faith in him as their Savior and Lord, he calls us to willingly set aside our self-centered goals and submit them to the lifestyle for which he saved us. 

Will some people take advantage of this submission to God’s will? Absolutely. 

Does that mean we become doormats for other people to walk all over? Actually, it means being called “great” in the kingdom of heaven! 

Join us for one of our weekend worship services and begin to radically renew your relationships with other people. 

Weekend worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm – Sunday: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.