By Pastor Dawn
First Christian Church
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.”
These words that Paul wrote to the Romans resonate in how we should live. How we should be and how we should react to others. In today’s society we have become the “me people.” What will this do for me, how will this affect me, what is the best deal for me. We forget to look around and see who needs our help, who needs our kindness, who needs our love.
There are so many times we do not play second fiddle but put ourselves first thinking that the world owes us and that sentiment is exactly what God does not want from us as his children. He wants us to give more and to take less.
On a recent trip back to the area of my childhood home, I was able to see that area with new eyes; our newest son’s eyes (he was recently adopted by us). He had never been out of Missouri, so as we traveled the things that I saw as normal or ordinary; I was now able to see with fresh new eyes filled with excitement.
He saw mountains, windmill farms, antelopes and rest stops with mini museums in them. Although the biggest thing that fascinated him was that people watered their lawns in the semi arid climate that I have called home. He was shocked that they used hoses and sprinklers and let them run at all hours. Something that I just took for granted and thought was normal.
When we arrived at my folk’s home the first thing he wanted to do was to help my parents; wanting to vacuum, take out the trash, feed the dogs. He was not putting himself first. Now I have to admit the second thing out of his mouth was, “when can we go to the toy store and get my birthday present.”
How often do we play second fiddle and put other’s first? We should be doing it daily. If we loved completely from the center of our being everyone, how much could the world change? There is a song by Matthew West called “Forgiveness” in those lyrics are the following words:
“Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible”
This is the challenge I give you all. Life is short at times and often unpredictable and we need to live every day loving fully and completely those we know and especially those we have yet to meet. Show God’s love and grace through your kindness and through your touch and words. May God continue His blessings in your lives and may you be the people of Christ you have been called to be.