The Difficulty of Pleasing Others

OurDailyBreadIn the book Our Daily Bread, by Francisco (Chico) C. Xavier, there is an illustrative chapter (47) about the difficulty of working with our fellow beings to bring Spiritual enlightenment.  I hope you find as much comfort from reading it as I did:


The Difficulty of Pleasing Others

“If I were still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ” – Paul (Gal. 1:10)

Sincere disciples of the Gospel should concern themselves with their own endeavors and with the isolated and peaceful approval of their conscience in the tasks they are called to perform each day, learning to do without the unreasonable opinions of the world.

The masses do not know how to display warmth and admiration except toward those who meet their demands and whims. In the conflicts characteristic of their spiritual progress, faithful disciples of Jesus will be a different type of worker that the masses, in their instinctive impulses, will not be able to understand.

Messengers of the Glad Tidings who show concern about how the world regards them will reveal much inexperience and lack of watchfulness. When they find themselves in material prosperity, in which the Master grants them more precise comfort, neighbors will maliciously inquire as to the cause of their consecutive successes. On the other hand, when they encounter poverty and difficulties, people will attribute these problematic experiences to supposed defections from the sublime ideals they have espoused.

It is indispensable to labor on behalf of others as someone who is aware that the whole work belongsJesus-greatLord to Jesus Christ. The world will eventually understand the great efforts of sincere servants, but perhaps at another time, when its evolutionary ascension enables it to.

On many occasions, popular opinions are a noisy group of children who cannot stand highly inspired teachers on the subject of order and progress, work and achievement.

Therefore, may sincere workers for Christ strive without being concerned with the faulty judgment of others. Jesus knows the good worker, and that is enough. [pp. 107-108]


If you would like to learn more about Spiritism, you can read my short survey Spiritism 101 – The 3rd Revelation. It is in Kindle format or in paperback.

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