1. ”After Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, he instructed us to do the same for those we would influence…”
When you stand before God one day, he will not ask about your title. But he will ask about your towel.””
“Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
The last line, 17, gets me. It’s really easy, but our pride gets directly in the way of us doing what we know is the right thing to do. At work. At home. In the world. Just driving around. We get puffed up and start making wild accusations like we don’t “deserve that” or “they shouldn’t be doing that” and we immediately put ourselves in a place of judgement and become jury for anyone who might be doing it the wrong way or the way with which we don’t agree. “You’re not getting in this line that I’ve been patiently sitting in for 10 minutes just because you drive your car up in the ending lane and put your blinker on. I had to wait and so will you buddy!” (I’m not your buddy, guy.) Sound familiar? I use the traffic examples a lot because I drive a lot and I figure most people go thru that at least once a week, if not more. You know, my wife has a great saying she learned, “Practice makes progress.” I learned it a little differently when I was young. Her way is accurate and our old way was just wrong. But that makes the new saying make even more sense. I’m gonna screw up and be selfish and irrational and judgemental and generally a grumpy butthole. But it’s ok. I know better and I want to be better. I am making efforts and I am praying and I am trusting that I will make progress in that direction. I am learning and seeing that my faith is a real thing. It’s a real and true gift from God. I am aware of that and it makes me fall on my face. I want to be overwhelmed and consumed with Him and all His glory. And I want it more and more. And yet, I always get in the way. Welcome to life as a human. Man or woman. We are a mess and we are all searching for meaning and salvation. I can tell you right now that there is great beauty in this world and it’s not in the sickness and suffering, but in the way that those tragedies cause us to change our ways and yearn for a better way of life. These things are necessary while we are here. They are part of this brokenness and pride. But if we can see others the way that Christ did, and really make an effort to hear His direction for us, I’m telling you, it becomes crystal clear how we should act, speak, and think. It becomes easier to do the right thing, to walk with someone thru a tragedy or suffering, to go thru it yourself with faith and trust and hope. Love does conquer all and love is a very clever thing. It is all around us and it lives in us. It is yet also a choice. God is love. And to trust in Him is your choice. I believe I will make a good choice today. I want to and I am going pray in that direction. Will you pray with me?
Go out there and get you some of this day! Joy!!!! Joy is right in front of you! Grab it and hold one!!