We all have a story…and we all want to be heard.
For who we are.
Today I read a story that taught me how to love better; that taught me how to break out of my own confining walls and find great freedom in not having to have all the answers. ‘Cause duh, I don’t.
See, I tend to think if someone doesn’t believe the way I do, they are just a little off the right path…or, you know, just not quite saved.
(I hate admitting all of this…all of my crappy weaknesses.)
The good news is that God is stretching my faith. One way He is teaching me to love others well is to peek inside their stories. What is the “why” that pulses through their spirits? What is their history? For me, to listen to one’s story is to understand them better, and in turn, to love them where they are and for who they are. To love them how I want to be loved.
And here’s the beautiful thing about loving others: God is okay if we love someone who thinks radically differently than we do.
In fact, God died for them.
Because He loved them, just like He loves us. He wants us to love like He does!
I believe God is offering all of us an invitation to be changed and challenged and moved beyond our comfort zones so that we can love unabashedly. So that we can love like He did.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
Whose story to you need to hear today?
For those who are completely offended by those who preach about hell, read this man’s story:
For those who are completely offended by “liberal Christians,” read this man’s story:
For a neat story for kiddos about how our lives interweave with one another, check out The Boy Who Changed the World.