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Love Your Neighbour As...Myself?

Rev. S. Brandt

Self Discovery

• Am I defined by doing or being?
• We must be aware of our motivation, our presence, our voice…what powerful messages do we communicate non-verbally to our clients?
• In my job is there a difference between “social work” and “ministry”?
• How do you know it you are faithful in your job?
• Are you able to catch glimpses of Jesus as you serve your clients?
• What does it mean to “practice the presence of God?”
• Is your goal “cure and change” or “care” for clients?
• In what ways are your concerns for clients motivated by your needs or theirs?
• What experiences of personal poverty have you had to now allow you to see it and understand it in those you minister to?
• How do find the strength to see so many people daily sharing their pains?
• What joy can there be in solidarity with the poor, the sick, and the dying?
• Am I a whole person seeking to express my wholeness through ministry or am I a person trying to find my wholeness in ministry?
• Am I able to acknowledge the presence of the sacred in all I meet?
• Can I enter into someone else’s pain without curing it?
• What does it mean to be “an ambassador for Jesus”?
• Do I treat all people as “children of God”?
• Is my work with His poor a “job” or “a calling”?
• How do you measure success in your job?
• What is more important: the work of “now” or the work of “tomorrow”?
• Do you show favouritism? Why?
• Do you only give out of your “surplus”?
• Are results of your work the criteria of your self-esteem?
• In your work are relationships given a higher priority than production?
• How do you handle your “power” over your clients?
• Do you cry for those whose tears have run dry?
• When those you minister to raise questions from below can you give answers from above?
• How can I be with the poor when I am unwilling to confess my own poverty?
• Today as before, Jesus comes among His own…Can you see Him?