Doing onto others

  “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 ESV             Actions flow out of attitudes. Behaviors are shaped by beliefs. Therefore, we shall not succeed in doing unto others, till have come to think of others rightly. If we think of them poorly, we shall render only poor service to them. If we do not respect people, we will not do well by them. At best we give them less than they are worthy of, and at worst we patronize them. Where is our motivation to serve those, we do not respect? We cannot be doing unto them because they are worthy of it, we do not believe that. So, we are doing it for own sake, to be obedient, or to signal our virtue, or to silence the nagging sense that there is something wrong with our perspective.             I want to focus our discussion on how we treat people at work, the kinds of people who we encounter regularly as they work. We have a great opportunity to minister to the

The folly of, "what if?"

              As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. John 9:1 ESV             Here we find a man born blind, sitting beside the way, with nothing much to do. And we are given to understand this had been the occupation of his life, sitting and begging. We can imagine he had a lot of time to think. And what do we suppose he was thinking about? What do we find ourselves thinking about when life leaves us sitting beside the way with time to think? Do we ponder how we got there? Do we perhaps wonder if there might have been some other way we could’ve gone? Do we wonder, perhaps where else we might have ended up? Do we not find ourselves moving from practical questions, into those alluring questions of what if? There are few questions which hold the captivating power of, “what if?” The question immediately removes the constraints of what is which often seem to hold us in less favorable positions. We are free to believe that which is not evident, not apparent; but desperately w

Patient love

  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;   it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV             As much as we love to quote this passage, and memorize this chapter, our love seldom if ever lives up to this. Mostly we want to love ourselves this way, and so we want to be loved this way. Jesus shows us the picture of this true and perfect love, as He bore all of our sin, and all the rejection, and humiliation that humanity had to lay upon Him, and for our sake He even bore the wraith of the thrice Holy Trinity. He did not become irritable, or resentful, but patiently to this day waits that all might come to a saving knowledge. He did not insist on His own way, even in His humanity, He surrendered to the Father’s way. He has shown us kindness be