On my flight from Taiwan yesterday, my seat mate who didn’t speak any English, started puking after we landed in Los Angeles. She filled up her first bag, pronto & I quietly slipped her my bag, trying not to squirm out of my skin. Truth be known, I was super sympathetic because of an AWFUL experience I had earlier this year on a flight out of Africa.
It seems to me that it’s much easier to be sympathetic when we’ve walked a similar road. I could’ve easily chosen to be repelled & revolted by this lady’s condition or I could choose to do my best to help her.
What I thoroughly love about Jesus is that He chose to come into the human experience & walk among us, passing out puke bags & more importantly healing our broken condition. Let’s actively choose to be compassionate & helpful rather than revolted & repelled with the people around us 🙂
If you’re like me, we want to run away from revolting smells, we want great distance from troublesome people, we want to keep our space from difficult situations & too much garlic can repel more things than just people ,)
One of the things I so desperately love about Jesus is that He isn’t repelled by us, never. When everyone leaves us, Jesus runs to us. When we retreat & repel people out of dysfunction & hurt, Jesus runs to us.
When we’ve failed & want to hide, Jesus runs to us.
When we want to run away from broken people, Jesus runs to them.
I’m so thankful that Jesus consistently does the opposite of what seems to be human instincts. Jesus runs to us
Jesus runs to help the babies of prostitutes with nightcare through Saving Moses. Jesus runs to us, no matter what we’ve done or not & regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves. Jesus runs to us for the clean & simple reason that Jesus loves us, full stop.
We get to work with a really cool team of people & Tues mornings we make some time, as a team, to connect with God. This morning, we did an exercise around the definition of love in 1 Cor 13: love is & love is not. One of the things that is continuing to linger with me after this exercise is that love isn’t arrogant. I’ve been thinking about this idea & here are a few things for your consideration:
love connects but arrogance repels
arrogance is an exalted but erroneous perception of self