Tuesday, March 8, 2016

“I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. We can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but we can do our bit.” ― Charles de Lint

Ask any parent when they began to love their child, and they will tell you they loved it before it was.  Thus it is with Christ’s love, He loved you before He knew you, before you even were.  He loved you even though He knew you would make some bad choices, you would cause hurt to others, you would love those who loved you before you began to love others.  He was not forced upon that cross, He accepted it, chose it, and triumphed over it, not for Himself, but for you—millennia before you would even exist.  You may think you are unworthy of such love, but God didn’t make no junk.  If you are, if you exist, then you deserve and receive all of God’s love.  What you do with it is up to you, but His love is there, and it came with the suffering and hurt that every parent knows and feels.  Every day you get another opportunity to express your thanks for that love in how you treat others and how you treat yourself.  Hopefully, kindness will or has become a way of life for you.  Focus on others if you truly want to please God.  Mr. Rogers, with whom my children grew up, says, “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;  how important you can be to people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”  Christ died and rose for you so that you could become a planter of seeds of kindness, one who drops small pebbles in ponds whose ripples reach ‘round the world.  It’s a heavy responsibility, but it’s a wonderful one that comes with many blessings.  Look for Christ in others and then look for Him in yourself.  By so doing, you will make the world a better place and yourself a better person.

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