Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 5-11 July 2015
“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
A janitor was handed over a new schedule during early September 2014. This new schedule was created by their manager in response to a recent retirement of their co-worker. Instead of hiring another janitor, the manager decided to increase the working time. When handed over the new schedule, this janitor initially protested (along with others) since it will increase his working hours from 8 to 10 hours but his appeal was denied. The manager did not know that the janitor was right to protest about his schedule – the janitor will actually become involved in a case of a night-shift manager who regularly abuses him. The last two hours of his shift overlap with the night-shift manager’s schedule!
In as much as the same way we want to reduce our work load, we forget to care for others. We just wanted to relieve of ourselves the problems and the responsibilities we actually accepted. We believe that as long as we can get away with it, it is alright – once the problem has been given to others, it will be theirs.
The story above is a fine example of this concept. The manager decided to instead pass the burden to others by working more hours instead of hiring another worker. His decision was easier for him, but more worrisome for others. Ultimately, this manager was also indicted for the fiasco when the case reached the court when it was found out he ignored the protest of this janitor.
Luckily, God isn’t that way, God is always there to show that He cares, that He is always here for us no matter our situation is. However, He also teaches us to care for others, to look into the welfare of others just as we do to ourselves. Our self-interest must never overshadow those of others. We need to see that as we are related to each other, a problem that haunts a person may affect us all – since a chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
As we go into our own lives, let us not forget others to – in time, it may be just them that we need when we need help too.
Lord, teach Us to care for others
In as much as we care for ourselves
Let not our own interest,
Hinder those whom you also care.
“No man is an island” – John Donne