Thursday, October 15, 2009

Talk about a little conviction

One of my favorite Bible teachers is Joyce Meyer. Tonight, as I was listening to her teach on TV, she talked about random acts of kindness and how it could impact the world. And then she said, "if it happens to be one of your enemies, then all the better!"

I have to admit that I've been selfishly thinking about some of the situations in life, and in particular one of my enemies. I've been glad that this person has stepped out of my life. Glad I don't have to interact with this person. I've been worrying lately that I will be asked to help this person. The truth is, I don't want to help this person. I feel like this person takes and takes from everyone around him/her. So think, why me too?

But as I've listened to Joyce talk, I've been giving more serious thought and consideration to the idea that I'm being selfish in my fears in regards to being asked to help, and God forbid, spend time with this person. I've been worried about being asked by someone else, but given that I already know the need, shouldn't I just be taking care of it?

I can't find a single place in the Bible that says we don't have to help people we don't think deserve it. It doesn't say we shouldn't help people we don't like. It says we're supposed to go the extra mile for our enemies.

Choosing to follow Christ doesn't always mean choosing the convenient route. Which means I need to make a few calls and see about meeting these needs.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cheryl St.John said...

I like Joyce Meyer, too. I always take away something from her lessons. Was fortunate to see her in person when she visited my city.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Danica/Dream said...

Lucky! She was here, too, but I couldn't fit it in my schedule. :(

10:18 PM  

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