my great friend Kiley blogged this. She’s right, you know…
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever!”
This is relevant and this is good. So good.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
-Excerpts from Galations 5
Beautiful and true. Let’s remember the people we seek to serve, love and connect with are just like us… I’m sure my pages covered in words and theirs would look the same when we get past comparing situations, problems and conditions. Our hearts all seek the same One.
I need to remember that these men, women, and children aren’t nameless bodies. They have stories and emotions and every-day complications that are bigger than the labels we’ve put on them. We may not be their direct oppressors or causes of their suffering but by simply categorizing them as “starving kids in Africa”, an AIDS patient, or a slave, we strip them of that innate humanness that we all share. They quickly become a cause, an issue, or a charity instead of simply being a fellow human.
…Because somewhere beneath experiences and race and gender, we all crave the same love, acceptance, and joy. We all crave a creator who was the same yesterday as He is today and ever will be.
As you continue on with your day, remember that the first step in eliminating the distance between yourself and injustice is holding on to the simple yet ever-powerful belief that we’re all equal and that we’re all inexcusably human.
“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today.
If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete.
There is always time to do the will of God.
If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
The Lord let me have a front seat watching this happen all summer through Water Missions International. Will you help us make sure this keeps happening?
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