8/2/08

No Accident

Many times we hear that a pregnancy was an "accident" or a "whoops, we did it again." If this has ever been said of you, let me tell you now that God does not make mistakes. He creates life and created you. Before the beginning of the world's creation He knew that you would be. And God has placed you in this specific time and place in history for a reason.

Searching for this meaning of significance is the subject of many books, the topic of countless songs, and the reason many turn to organized religion. Unfortunately, many organized religions only try to define you by their rules. In the Living God there are two rules by which we can live our lives and it comes down to this, love. Love God, love each other. Easy to say, harder to do.

Let's say for just a minute that you can see people the way God sees them, into their heart of hearts and truly see their past, present and future. If they are far from God, it should cause us to feel pain and sorrow at the hope they are missing out on, and a deep desire to share the hope we (Christians) profess. Also easier to say than do.

Every once in awhile I get the experience of meeting someone that I feel is on a different plane of existence than me. Until God convicts me of whatever prejudice I have (not racial prejudice, but socio-economical prejudice), it's easy to overlook whatever potential this person has for God's Kingdom. I focus on our differences and not on our similarities, or even what this unique individual has to offer me in terms of life lessons.

If I truly believe there are no accidents when it comes to the divine creation of human beings, than my attitude needs to reflect that, regardless of my differences between others. And I need to recognize this, because sometimes the person's social standing is much better than my own. And I stereotype their IQ (Paris Hilton), ability to serve Christ (Donald Trump), and other things I have no place in doing. Should I have even used those well-known people as examples?

Mother Teresa ministered to rich and poor. She was no respecter of persons. She knew that each person is God's creation and deserving of love. The two only really important life rules she followed-loving God with all her heart, soul, mind and strength and loving her neighbors as herself (if not more than herself). I'm closing this post with a few quotes that jumped off the page for me from a woman whose example we may never fully follow.

"Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own."


"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."


"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

"Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth." 1 John 3:18

1 comment:

GiBee said...

I find I tend to judge people on their faith walk ... as in ... they SAY they believe one thing, then they turn around and do another that totally contradicts what they say they believe! It is frustrating, irritating in fact, but I need to keep reminding myself to love them regardless... and as you said, this is a whole lot easier to say and a whole lot HARDER to do!

See people the way God sees them... see people the way God sees them... see people the way God sees them...

Great post, R!