1 Corinthians 9:20-22And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.
As I read these scriptures again, they continue to light a challenging fire in my soul. I absolutely love the notion of being all things to all people. The joy that comes from meeting someone right where they are – & not being judgmental. Of being able to show some love where none can be found. To shine even the tiniest speck of light in the darkest of spaces.
I am so thankful that there isn’t much that I haven’t done –
Meaning in the way of screwing up.
Doing really stupid things. Breaking all the “rules”.
I say that because it has enabled me to see the truth of my life & my own sin & stain vs. the unbelievable unrelenting blood of Jesus. By having made so many mistakes coupled with the bad things that have happened to me, I can relate to a lot of different people on a lot of different levels.
I have learned it’s best to not see ourselves as higher than anyone. Because we may be strong in an area does not make us better- since we have our share of weakness too. That can absolutely be said in mirror-form for every human being out here in this wide world. Even the ones who sit loftily on their thrones. For whatever reason. We all know them. Some of us have been that person. I will raise my hand.
Back when I was an extremely legalistic works-oriented Christian – I actually dared to look down my nose at other people who weren’t “living the life I was living.” It was such a joke. Especially after all the horrible things I had done & been through – how on earth could I judge one single other soul?
And how did I expect to win anyone’s heart to God that way?
I do know life has a way of sending it back to us in boomerang fashion to the degree that we doled it out. Been there. I don’t want that to be my story ever again.
Thank You Jesus for changing my bound-up mindset, for showing me what real Love is. Thank You for Your unbelievable mercy – And that You see my whole life in forward & reverse. Selah.
I want to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere – at anytime.
I want to be trusted when I’m in someone’s presence -And when I’m not. To be the same person in both places.
I want to be known for the way that I love. And as much for the words I don’t say as for those that I do.
I want to continue cultivating a good heart, Free from bitterness & strife-
A peaceful & solid soul, And that joy. Oh my Lord. That sweet, sweet joy.
I believe that being approachable, being all things to all people – keeps the door swung wide for some seriously divine appointments. And I will take all of those that I can handle. Help me Jesus to stay out of the way. By Your grace I will.
I could sing of Your Love forever. You amaze me Every. Single. Day. Hallelujah.
Much love y’all & more openness to generously giving it away in spades. We all need each other ~
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