Spontaneous Love!

As I entered the room he spontaneously came running to hug me.  No hesitation… no worry… no wondering who I was… he simply came to hug.  This little boy had so much love in his heart, that he was willing to hug a perfect stranger.  He told me his name, asked for mine, than went back to play.  Did he feel a connection?  I know I did.  Did he feel the love of Christ as we embraced?  I know I did.  His teacher said she had never seen him do that.  Spontaneous love… it was pure… it was holy.  Isn’t that what Christ wants of us?  No hesitation to love.  No hesitation to find a connection.  No stranger in the room, only people we love.  Did our Savior not take perfect strangers and ask them to spend their life with him? I observe, as so many people go through their day, with no thought of the person right next to them.  The clerk behind the counter,  the waitress, is just another person, in a sea of people we encounter daily.  Thought is never given as to their life and how we might help.  A kind word or a concerned prayer.  So as you go through your day do you see people or do you see a person?  We could learn from this young man and the spontaneous love he had to offer.  I’m certain it made our Savior smile.  Colossians 3:14

I Love You!

Perry 

Hypocrisy!

As he welcomed us, to the hotel, he said happiness and peace radiated from us!  We then talked about how all of that comes from Jesus… I could tell he was uncomfortable.   As we showed the love of Christ to this young man, he shared his life with us, and told us he was gay.  He explained he was tired of those that say they love Jesus, being so judgmental.  As I hugged him I said… me too!!  The religious community has driven him to a point of not caring about God or his Son.  How can that be what Jesus would want?  How can that be LOVE!  Should we not take the log out of our own eye before pointing out the speck in his?  Our Savior welcomes everyone.  Our Savior is much more comfortable with the sinners, than with those that claim to not be.  Our western religious culture, has put so much importance on rules, that we have forgotten, nothing is more important than love of others.  As Christians, our job is first and foremost, to live a Christ centered life. To show his love to all those around us.   As all people experience us… they should always see Christ shining… from every angle of our existence.  Hypocrisy… what our Savior hated the most.  We would warrant his favor if we hated it too.   Matthew 7: 1-5

I Love You!

Perry

Amazing God!

I see large, white, clouds, as if they are made of cotton, bellowing up into the heavens.  What an amazing God!  I watch as the sun sets, and turns the sky  to a golden yellow, followed by an awesome deep dark orange, with remnants of sun beaming through the clouds.  What an amazing God!  I marvel at a lighting bug, as it flies here and there, beaming its’ signal to other fire flies.  What an amazing God!  As if that is not enough, I look into the faces of my family and I see Christ!  What an amazing God!  I look into the eyes of my wife and I see infinite love.  What an amazing God!  From the people I work with… to the lady that cuts my hair… to the homeless gentleman we give shelter to… to my dear friends… I look with amazement as Christ shines from each of them.  What an amazing God!   Even through tragedy I see his hand in everything that I touch… smell… see… or experience.  He is an amazing God!  So worthy of our praise, simply because he is God!  Tomorrow as you wake… thank him for the amazing God he is.   Then trust that he will provide, in you, an amazing day!   2 Corinthians 2:14

I Love You!

Perry

Normal?

What is normal?  Her comment was “why can’t they be normal”?  I see people treat others with disrespect because “their lifestyle is different or they dress or behave different then I do”.  Daily my heart prays “father make me blind to peoples differences and actions… so that I might see you, in them”.  We should not allow ourselves, as followers of Christ, to worry about how others dress, talk, or behave.  As we observe the world around us, we should see Jesus, in all people.   Each person, regardless of behavior, or lifestyle was made in his image, and carries within them the spirit of Christ.  Mother Teresa said “I see Jesus in every human being. That is why I help them”.  What power!  What understanding of our Saviors heart!  To be a Christian is to see Jesus, in everybody and everything. The very person you look at with distain… because of the way they dress, the way they wear their hair, the number of piercings on their face, or their lifestyle, is the very person you should love the most.  I use to be the one who judged.  I use to be that person, that looked at others different than me, with disapproval.  Through much contemplation I have come to better understand my Saviors’ heart.  Suddenly each face looks like him.  What glorious people he has put on this earth!!         Matthew 7:1-5 

I Love You!

Perry