Sean O’Sallaigh decided to take his mom, Mary, on a trip to Nepal in 2018. His mother suffered from
Alzheimer’s disease. He wanted to take her from the harsh Irish winter. What Sean noticed was the travel actually improved her condition. She started walking and talking again. Then Sean took her to Rome where they visited restaurants. Everywhere they travelled, Mary engaged with people. Later they travelled to South Africa. She died there at age 83 after more than a year of travel.* This is an example of faithfulness. Sean was devoted to his mother’s best interest over months of time.
Faithfulness is often associated with devotion to the interests of another. This is true of the story of the talents that Jesus told in Matthew 25. A master entrusted servants with his wealth. After a long time he returned. Hear what the master said to the good servant in verse 23, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”(NIV)
God’s Spirit is working to produce in us this type of faithfulness. The faithfulness that is devoted to the interests of Jesus. The faithfulness that looks after the interests of others and enables them to trust us. The faithfulness that is expressed over time. May you be found faithful!
*”Devoted Son Took His Mom With Alzheimer’s on Incredible Round-the-World Adventure–And She Improved,” Good News Network, June 1, 2021, https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/son-mom-alzheimers-world-trip-sean-osallaigh/.
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