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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Neighbor...

Why is it so easier to exclude, rather than include???

To put yourself first, rather than last???

"And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. And the second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these." Mark 12: 30-31 (emphasis mine)

Nowhere does it say love your neighbor only if...

they look like you....

have your skin color...

wear the "right" clothes...

drive the "right" car...

don't have annoying children...

aren't Muslim....

aren't Hindu....

What if we could love more, love unconditionally as His son did. Love without intention, love irregardless. To often I catch me putting myself before others. Wondering why they can't be like me, wouldn't it be easier then? Rather than bowing before Him and refusing to go there. What about putting others first as He did? How uncomfortable is this prayer of mine. For Him to chisel and shape me, taking my selfish, sinful mess and praying that if I am patient, maybe just maybe I will be able to make out His image.



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