From Gramma's Kitchen Table

From Gramma’s Kitchen Table, May 15

Here’s today’s table quote:

“Duty makes us do things well, but–love makes us do them beautifully.” Phillips Brooks

I guess what this makes me think of is paying “lip service” rather than really giving of yourself. I mean, sure, I could go across the street and help my neighbor clean up his yard because he’s old and can’t do it well, and I’ll have to watch the jungle envelop his house if something isn’t done soon–yeah, I’ll go do that, and do it well because of how it affects me and the rest of the neighborhood. Or, I can go across the street and help my neighbor clean up his yard because he’s old and can’t do it well and I want to be helpful to him. This is a gift I can give.

I think it comes down to your attitude. Am I doing this because I have to, or am I doing this out of a spirit of love and generosity? The yard gets done either way, but you can tell a lot about the giver by the way they give.


Side Note: I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who didn’t have a clue who Phillips Brooks was, so to remedy that I’m including a synopsis taken from the following website:

“Born on December 13, 1835, in Boston, Massachusetts, clergyman Phillips Brooks was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1860. During the American Civil War, he upheld the cause of the North and opposed slavery, fighting for the rights of freed slaves to vote. He helped to design the Trinity Church building, which today stands in Boston’s Back Bay. In 1877, Brooks published a course of lectures on preaching for Yale’s theological school. He also authored the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” He died in Boston on January 23, 1893.”

“Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” huh? I’m thinking I should have known that!

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