You Must Do Better

Doctors are told that they must do better. Health Secretary Sajid Javid will create a public league table of performance. ‘More data and transparency’ will apparently drive up standards across the country.

Reflecting on teachers I’ve worked with… on conversations with police officers, doctors, nurses and other public servants. Committed to their work they strive to do the best they can.

You must do better? Being told that I’m not good enough and putting me in a league table won’t improve my performance as a teacher, a Christian, a healthy pensioner or good human being.

Yesterday I read: ‘This week marks a year since… Angels United FC was set up by 14 fathers who met through a bereavement group.’

A group of dads, who’ve all lost children, have formed a football team, wearing the name of their ‘lost angel’ on the back of their shirt.

Jake Pugh with his partner Beth, lost their three-year-old daughter Lily-Mai: ‘…I’m so proud of every single one of us because it’s so hard to ask for help… I love them like my own brothers…’

You must do better? In tough times this group of men have developed a network of friends. They’re there for each other… certainly ‘doing better’.

I could make a long list of things I should do better… Yesterday, in Comer’s ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’, I read about ‘Sabbath’…

I was brought up with Sundays full of church attendance and a list of things we couldn’t do.

Today’s rules about Sunday/Sabbath –  Sunday lunch, family day, more sport/shopping, church, catching up… Is this ‘keeping the Sabbath’?

Musing on two of Comer’s thoughts…

  • Sabbath’s part of the rhythm of life: …regular, one day in seven… a different delight-full, joy-full day to look forward to.
  • Sabbath’s a day to experience and appreciate God: a holy time of feasting, playing, singing, praying, reading, laughing, telling stories, watching creation… seeing God more clearly.

You must do better? With God’s help I will.

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