Honest Christianity – New Year’s Honours

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At our hospital’s annual staff review one of the sketches teased one of our  staff who was honoured in the New Year’s Honours list.

One of the other things that ultimately matters according to Rabbi Jonathan
Sacks in the conclusion of “To heal a fractured world: Ethics of responsibility”
is that it is not the honours we receive that matter, but the honour we give.
This reminds me of one of my favourite stories:

An interviewer was travelling to New York to interview 2 famous people and chose to take one of her friends with her. Her friend was very excited about who she was interviewing.
When she came out from seeing the first person, her friend asked her how it went. She replied, she felt she had just meet the most important person in the world. Wow, and she still had some one else to meet.  When she came out  from seeing the second person, her friend asked her how it went. She replied, she felt she had been made to feel she was the most important person in the world.

 

When we are figuring out how we love or serve others, this is a component of how we can do that. If we have let slip some of our new year resolutions, then perhaps we could take the risk of honouring other people at the expense and sacrifice of pushing ourselves.

The picture is of me putting on Sally’s new shoes at her ordination as Deacon – honouring her…

Reference:
Jonathan Sacks To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. London: Bloomsbury 2005, p272.

 

 

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