Hunter and I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach our youth group's class on Wednesday nights for the past few months. I was very excited about this, not only because I love those kids, but this was also going to allow the teacher in me that has been forced into dormancy to emerge with full force! And she has...
We are covering the book, You Were Made to Make a Difference, by Max Lucado and his daughter, Jenna Lucado-Bishop. And let me tell you--it's making a difference in me at least. These kids have a heart for service and a desire for missions. The fire has been lit in them and they are not allowing anyone to douse it. They inspire and encourage me; together, we have opened each other's eyes and hearts to what really matters.
What's the point of this whole Christianity thing? Regardless of what you may have heard, how you were raised, or what you may have been told, it's really pretty simple: Love like Jesus.
Don't love people because they started acting the way you want them to or the way that should. Don't love people because they come to church with you. Don't love people because they finally got their lives together. Don't love people because they act like you or look like you or are friendly to you. Don't love people because they fit into your mold. Don't love people because it's easy.
Love people where they are--because just like you, they were created in the image of the Lord God Almighty.
Quit waiting for people to walk in begging to be saved and asking for you to help them. Go out and find them. Help people--not expecting anything from it, but because it's what God expects from you.
Love. Serve. Embrace.
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4: 8-10
Get out there. Abandon your comfort zones. Make a difference.