Lesson three ‘your life is not about you’ well this is a hard one in a world that tells us we are at the centre of it, our needs and wants are paramount and should be fulfilled. We are asked to consider a wider world, of which we are a small part for a short time.
We are connected to every other part of life however big or small. We have been learning the hard lesson that we want each other’s company and companionship, that other people are important, perhaps more important than we thought. Suddenly cleaners, dustmen, farmers, fieldworkers, truck drivers, carers, shop workers are seen as ‘essential’ rather than the low paid we can forget about, we need their contribution to the common good.
‘Life is not about us but we are about life’ (Richard Rhor) we are to focus on living rather than ourselves. Jesus said He had come to bring life in abundance and we are invited to become part of that life, enjoying the world and our companions each day. In the famous hymn Lord of the dance the last verse says:
They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that'll never, never die.
I'll live in you if you'll live in me:
I am the Lord of the dance, said he.
Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.
Songwriters Sydney Carter Published by © 1963, 2001 Stainer & Bell
There is the invitation to become part of an important, an eternal dance being not the centre of the world but an intricate part of it as we live in Christ.