Are you the same person on the inside as you are on the outside?
We meet many people in our daily routines, some we only meet in passing, like at the store. While others we may strike up a conversation with while on line at the register. And others we may only see when they cut us off on the road and then we launch into a flurry of expletives (as if they can hear us)
However, while meeting these people, what face do we put on? Do we show them what we think they should see? A smile and a kind word, while we are holding in the “Why are you talking to me?” Or maybe we show them that we are aggravated or even angry, by allowing the things in our lives that are hurting us to show through? Are we allowing our prejudice to rule how we meet others, or what we show to them?
If we are followers of Christ, then we should consider 1 John 2:6 “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” So basically, if you talk the talk then you need to walk the walk. Are you willing to follow in Christs’ footsteps? Are you willing to place all that is within you in to God’s hand that he may carry your burden? Are we willing to show how Christ is working in us by how we act with others? 1 John 4:8 also tells us “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Are we willing to show love to one another? Better yet, are you willing to show the love Christ gave to you, to others so they can see him working in you? Are you willing to let God’s love flow from you and onto others?
As followers of Jesus, we must always be willing to show onto others all that he has given to us. John also tells us that we should love each other, as love comes from God (1 john 4:7-8). Are you willing to allow the love of God within you to show through? Are you willing to allow the love of God to guide you in the way He needs you?
What will you show others today? Will you allow what may be turbulent within you to come out? Or will you place that in God’s hands and allow the love He gives to us to one another?
What will you show others?
When we travel on our roads in life, we should understand that we are not all at the same place on this path. Some of us are just starting, while others are reaching the end of this path. Also, there are those who may always be at the same place in their travel, yet others may not be willing to start the journey. Our common factor is that we are all on a path, from birth to death, we are following the path in life, in this place of existence as humans.
The difference between us, is for some, the path leads us to the kingdom of God, while for others this path is only a journey in their lives that is only part of the natural course of life.
Knowing this, and understanding this, should make us all see that our paths cross often. As such, we should take the time to interact with one another, as our common bond is our humanity, our bond is also the desire to make the most of our lives regardless of where our paths lead.
We should take the time to place aside what we perceive as our differences, and instead recognize our similarities. Understand what makes us human, and in our diversities find the common elements that make us all the same.
For the Christian, we should understand that Jesus’ commandment to love one another (John 13:34) must extend to everyone and not only to those who share in the common faith in Christ as savior. We must, as the Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), look beyond our differences and allow compassion and love lead us to do what is right for each other. May you always look for peace and love with one another, may you always see that we are not really all that different for one another.
If I called, you by name would you hear Me?
If I sat with you would you know Me?
If I walked with you would you see Me?
If I wept for you would you feel My tears?
If you were lost and I found, you would you follow Me?
If in your pain, I carried you, would see only see My foot prints?
If you saw My arms outstretched for you would you know what I have done for you?
When you come into the kingdom and I held out My arms to embrace you would you accept Me?
If you knew all these things about Me, would you find peace in Me?
Remember Me, see Me, know Me, follow Me, hear Me, feel my Tears, know that I carry you, and know that I am waiting for you. I have always been with you, and I will always be near to you but most of all remember that I love more deeply than you will ever know.
What does Lent mean to you?
Is Lent a season where you commit to giving up something? You abstain from fast food, soft drinks, smoking, eating meat on Fridays? Or some other fasting that you have done year after year? Or maybe you give of your time volunteering with church groups or other programs that need assistance.
We all approach the Lenten season differently, some of us may not observe Lent at all, some of us may only consider Lent as a time before the Easter bunny appears, and, we need to drag out the Easter decorations.
However, you observe this period before Easter, may I suggest that we take this time in reflection of what we have done, of have not done. Let us take time to think about how we can become better followers of Christ, and as such, think about the lessons He gave us in the Gospels. Perhaps we can use this season to not do something that we have done religiously each year, rather, we could look to do something that maybe out of our comfort zone. We could visit a relative who we have not seen for some time, we can treat each other with a little more tolerance and understanding, or we can look at each other less judgmentally and become willing to listen to one another more. As we prepare for Easter, we could look at the lessons that Jesus gave us in the gospel’s, to see if we are following his teachings. Each one of us are compelled to live in the way Christ taught us. Let us then, use this Lenten season to make sure we are not doing something that comes easy for us, let us take on something that may be out of our comfort zone. If you do this, you may find that it was not as difficult as you thought it would be.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” John 15:12
Pastor Lisa Chachula