We're all on a journey! All of us have fears, doubts and insecurities. We're all a little crazy! All of us are struggling with something! Knowing this is a great reason to be patient and kind with each other. We have no idea what another person may be contending with. I recall an embarrassing experience when I was being served at a store. As I approached the check-out I was met with one of the most sour ladies i've ever encountered behind the register. She looked like she hated her job and hated me. I'm a huge fan of good customer service and thought maybe i'd help her a little. After I finished paying for my items and having felt like I'd been a huge inconvenience to this lady I thought i'd offer a gentle rebuke and some professional advice. With a smile I told her "A little smile and warmth would go a long way". With her head down and her eyes now rolling up to meet mine in disdain, she said to me "I just buried my brother yesterday, if you don't mind"! BOOM! PUNCHED IN THE GUT! I never stopped to think that maybe there was a reason she wasn't smiling and bubbly! We never know what someone else is struggling with. What if my approach to her sourness would've been more out of concern for her and not for my own customer satisfaction? What if I would've looked directly into her obviously upset eyes and said "Are you ok?" I think that would've been a little closer to the way Jesus would've handled it.
Maybe the person flying by you on the highway isn't just a road-raged jerk, maybe they're on the way to the hospital before a loved one breathes their last. Let's be a people that's willing to practice patience, kindness, sacrifice, and putting ourselves last so that others can be first. This is the nature of Christ. The more fruit of the Spirit we demonstrate, the closer we get to being the person God intends us to be. The fruit of our lives should be simple and pure: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-control.
I Pastor (sometimes "pester") the people of Charity Church. I work to lead them closer and closer to the person of Jesus, as I myself strive that direction! We are CHARITY! "Charity" is not the feeling of love, it is the ACTION of Love! LOVE DOES! Let's LOVE deeply! Let's LOVE sacrificially! Let's LOVE with no expectation of anything in return. LET'S LOVE WELL! This will get us closer to our purpose, our life assignment!
If I haven't told you... I want you to know this - I LOVE YOU! As we live our lives alongside each other, I hope to do more than tell you, I want to show you.