It’s been a while! I hope you all are doing well. I had something on my heart for the past few days, and wanted to share it with you.
A little while ago, someone had posted this quote (above) in the staff room at my work. I thought that it was pretty cool, and kind of forgot about it…until recently when I remembered a time that I am pretty darn embarrassed to share with you all.
Many years ago, some girlfriends and I took a trip out of state. Our friend’s family was gracious enough to open their home to us, and even went out of their way to make our stay more enjoyable. One of the days we were just kind of lounging around, trying to figure out what to do, and our host’s said that they would call up their friend to take us to the mall. This friend, who was working on his car, dropped everything, cleaned himself up, and raced over. Within that time frame, someone else had just texted us to get together. Someone we thought was cooler. When Mr. Mechanic pulled up, we chose to go hang out with the ‘cool’ guy, and left him behind. I still cringe when I remember this story because of how rude, and ridiculous I was. I placed a higher value on another individual based on their popularity. It was so juvenile, so un-Christ like, yet I still catch myself acting this way occasionally. I don’t mean to say that we can’t have people to look up to. However, when that admiration affects how we treat others, it becomes a problem.
The Bible tells us not to show favoritism:
“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:2-4
Instead we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. The only way we can truly do that is if we have the love of Christ in us.
On a unrelated, but kind of related note:
Today my students read an article about Martin Luther King Jr. I asked them what they thought MLK fought for, and they said, “He just wanted for everybody to be friends”. :) Now isn’t that the truth? We all want friends, to be loved, to belong. Yet, in this crazy strange world we live in, people can comment away on each other’s social media sites, and ignore each other in person. It’s sad, and debilitating to so many who fall into the trap of the followers, and likes, and knowing more about other’s lives, than we take time to allow God to teach us about who we are in Him. I speak from experience. If you do not know who you are, and what you are living for, the world has many options to offer you…but none of them can fill that God shaped hole in your heart like having a personal relationship with Jesus.
My prayer for you dear reader is that you are filled with Christ’s love and purpose, and for that love to overflow onto others. Less favoritism, more love.