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2 July 2010

Ask not what your __________ can do for you but what you can do for your ____________

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
Lilly Tomlin

Let me hit you with a barrage of cliches that you'll more than likely ignore (it's kinda OK because until you decide to live them it's just gobbledygook) .

When you give you get.
Nothing comes from nothing.
You grow what you sow
... blah blah blah blah.

I told you... gibberish. Unless you do it. Then it's the most rush bringing, biggest influence gaining, life and world changing mindset there is. Life is not about YOU. It's about others. You only GAIN real life when you give yours away.

When John F Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, he gave one of the most positively influential speeches in the past century... including the well known line, "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country". You can read the whole thing here, but here's a bit of this powerful oration:

For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage -

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah - to "undo the heavy burdens - and to let the oppressed go free."

Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need;but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation" - a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

He took 13 minutes and painted a verbal picture of man's God-designed mandate to give, serve, help at the personal expense of time, energy, comfort... because it's right and nations and kingdoms are founded on such things.

Nations like Canada.
Kingdoms like the Kingdom of Heaven.

Ask not what your...
... can do for you, but what you can do for your

When we find a way to make this mindset flip, it releases mankind from our self-inflicted, self-centered traps that leave us scrambling for the scraps of life. It allows us to be the extra-ordinary society-shapers that we ALL have in us. It's the feast.

It also opens the very gates of the Kingdom of God to us. THAT'S how HUGE this mindset it.

Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Luke 17:33

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"You only GAIN real life when you give yours away." - indeed! the very essence of being a disciple. :)

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