Cassandra Moton – Children’s Programming Pastor
I woke up this morning with my mind swirling and my feet unsteady. The world I live in today is not the same as yesterday. Life is moving fast. So fast, I can hardly keep up with what happened today, much less yesterday. How do I keep my soul firmly planted in God? How do I keep the world, CNN, FOX, social media and even a well meaning friend from swaying me away from God and what God is asking me to do; who God is asking me to be in this world? Now, more than ever LOVE is what I’m gripping onto.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus tells us to love God and Love our neighbors. It seems simple, but is it? How well do I really do this? And what does this really look like? As a parent I feel loved by my children in many ways – when they want to spend time with me, laugh with me, cry with me, share their lives with me. I feel loved when they do something I ask them to, when they trust me – even if it doesn’t make sense to them. I feel loved when they stop by my office and surprise me with my favorite Starbucks drink! Heck – I feel loved when anyone stops by my office with a Starbucks for me. There are so many ways my children show love towards me. Receiving love is great. The question I ask myself is this: do I show God how much I love Him by my everyday actions? How do I act out Love to God in a real way everyday? To be honest I’m not sure how I’d grade myself on this. Some days I get a high B, while others are a completely well deserved F. I’m working on doing better. Do I share my life with God? Do I talk with him everyday and throughout the day? Do I laugh with Him and cry with Him? Do I trust Him and do what He is asking me to do even when it makes no sense to me whatsoever? Do I surprise Him with gifts of love? Love is action. Are my everyday actions showing God how much I love Him? Let’s just say I’m working on this. Hopefully I’m closer to the A then a F.
And that’s just the first verse I’m struggling with. How am I at loving my neighbor? Seriously? I’m not doing nearly enough. Jesus tells us who our neighbors are in Luke 10:25-37. Our neighbors are not only those who live in the house next door (although that is a great place to start). Our neighbors are everyone. EVERYONE. Yes, God actually means everyone. Love is not bound by color, or political parties, borders or countries. It’s not even bound by religious beliefs. I’m not called to love only those who look, think and act like me. I’m called to Love everyone. Love those who don’t love me back. Love those who I disagree with. Love those who voted for the “other person.” Love those who live in another country with different beliefs and culture. Love aloud, not in silence; not in the shadows. Not just in my thoughts, but in my actions. How do I even do that? I start by asking God to show me what He wants me to do, who He wants me to talk to, who He wants me to love.
I have no control over so many things in this world. But I have control over what I do everyday. What would happen if we chose to Love God and Love others every day?Click here for the photo credit on this post