I have recently been reading Bob Goff’s book, Everybody Always, (which I highly recommend). This book is written based on the words Jesus spoke in Mark 12:30-31,
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
So if loving people is indeed the greatest commandment, then we must ask ourselves, how can we love people well? Is it with our words? Is it with our actions? With gifts? Maybe a combination of the three? There is not one simple answer. And the truth is, loving everybody always can be a very difficult task. It’s hard enough to love the people we truly care about, but what about the people who hurt us, persecute us, and misunderstand us?
I love the quote that Abby mentions in the video, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” As Christians, we sometimes get caught up in always trying to say the right thing when maybe we should focus a little more on loving the right way. This quote implies that our actions are our best testimony of faith. We may not always say the right thing. We may not always do the right thing. But if we could just learn to love people the way Jesus loved, then God can do the rest.
In the book Everybody Always, Goff states “people aren’t projects.” Let’s stop treating people like we always have an agenda. He writes “people don’t change people, God changes people.” If we continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus, if we serve people and love people unconditionally then we are doing our part and God will take care of the rest.
To all my dancers, if you are in situations where you feel unaccepted, misunderstood, unappreciated, or persecuted, stand strong. God sees you. God hears you. God understands you. And, God is with you. Just continue to love people and be assured that God is working out all the details.
“Even to your old age and gray hair, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:4
written by Kristin Dodd