Thursday, March 17, 2011
Living the Story #8, Lent 2011
"...whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets." - Matt 7:12
A group of us in Modesto are going through a 30 prayer and action guide this month called "Steps of Justice". This is a YWAM ministry dedicated to helping connect the church to issues of justice around the world concerning the poor, oppressed and disenfranchised.
It hit me in this morning's reading that this simple phrase from Jesus should be our definition of justice. Wrapped up in our needs and desires, we can find our calling in regard to others.
When I am in a time of crisis, I want people to rally around me and help. I want them to give generously when I have a need. I want to be heard and understood. I need times of refreshing. I want to be part of a community of friends. I want to feel like I'm contributing to something worthwhile. And there's a lot more.
Jesus' calling for how we should live is simple to find if we can pin point our basic human needs and good desires.
I can pray for the people of Japan and Haiti in their crisis and give a little extra at the grocery to the red cross. I can take extra time to listen to people and give them my eyes and seek to understand where they are coming from. I can give space and share the load with friends that just need a break from their routine. I can create opportunities for people in my life to contribute gifts, talents and resources to worthy causes. I can show compassion and understanding when others make a mistake that affect me negatively.
I could go on. How can you be more on purpose to live like this today?