Christian Job Description

In the gospel of John, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34) If we honestly look at our lives, we realize how often we have rejected God’s love. We may have rejected this love because we are afraid of being labeled as a Christian. We may have rejected this love because we afraid that God’s love might create a desire in us to transform our love. We may rejected this love because we felt unworthy of this love. Whatever the reason, God loves us.

Likewise, we may have been afraid of loving others unconditionally the God loves us. We may think the person unworthy because of the way they have treated us. We might be afraid sharing that kind of love might transform our lives. We might be afraid of being see as weak and vulnerable. Regardless, God expects us to love unconditionally.

Sometimes, when we love, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable, but never weak. Love always opens the door for us getting hurt. It is only through strength can we love.

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. ”

― Jean Vanier

Love is always transformative, it is impossible to avoid. Through love, we open ourselves to new experiences that cannot but change us. Sometimes these changes our painful. Sometimes they are not.  Often, they make us better human beings.

Because love cannot be forced upon someone, it can be rejected. Some forms  of love, when rejected, can be heart breaking. Many writers have suggested that when Christ said on the cross, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28-29), Jesus was reflecting on how many people would reject His love. His wish for them to receive his love was so great, his wish became an unsatisfiable need.  Imagine dying for someone who doesn’t even recognize your sacrifice.

Most of us are not called to lay down our lives for another. But we are called to love. Who in your life are you called to love today?

 

 

Halleluja – Lindsey Stirling

Each one of us have life changing moments: a brush with death; the death of a loved one; meeting a person; witnessing a tragedy; witnessing something amazing; experiencing something in a different light.

Below is a video posted by a beautiful and talented young woman by the name of Lindsey Stirling. Listen to the message she has at the end of the video.

Becoming Better Communicators.

via SIZZLE

In a galaxy not far away, and in a time not so long ago, my generation: we thongs on our feet; we listened to records and cassettes; we used typewriters to create reports. Today, people wear thongs as underwear, listen to digitally recorded music, and create reports on word-processing software.

It is not uncommon for one generation to change the meaning of words as a way to separate themselves from the previous generation. And, let’s face it technology is changing at an incredible pace.

So what is the result? We create ample opportunities for miscommunication. This is why it is so important that we take the time to see things from the other’s perspective. We need to ask ourselves do the words I am using have the same meaning to them as they do to me? If there is a potential for misunderstanding, it is our responsibility to clarify what we mean by the words we choose. By being conscious of what we are saying, and how it is being interpreted, we become better communicators.