Life in the Fast Lane

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(Originally Posted October 4, 2011)

In our society, we always want everything instantly. From our food to our internet connection, everything is now, now, now! Don’t make us wait or there will be SERIOUS and possibly even dangerous repercussions. Why is that? Why is it that we can’t allow ourselves to “stop and smell the roses?” Is there any kind of benefit to this fast-paced life? Is there some kind of reward received for living life in the fast lane? All I see are individuals 45 or younger having heart attacks. All I see are individual’s lives flashing before their eyes and not having any memories to hold close. All I see are overly stressed individuals who lack both joy and peace. All I see are so many individuals, particularly those in the 20-30 year range, with high blood pressure. Is this fast paced life worth cutting our life short, missing out on seeing our children grow up big and strong, seeing our younger siblings graduate from high school and go off to college? Is it worth missing out on creating those special memories that last a lifetime? Our society is impulsive. Things are done on a whim with no regard for the consequences. We never look ahead to the future; we live only in the present, the here and now. We don’t think about what tomorrow may or may not hold or how our actions in one instant can change our own life as well as others so quickly. One simple, impulsive decision can change our life forever. Something as simple as speeding down a residential street not anticipating a child running out into the middle of the street to simply get their ball that rolled down the driveway. Something as simple as running a red light just to make it to our destination five minutes earlier. These decisions can turn our whole world upside down. What if a child did run out into the middle of the street when we decided to go 50 or 60 miles an hour. What if we notice the child after it’s too late to step on our brakes? What then? What if we do run that red light and a pedestrian, who does have the right of way, steps off that curb? What then? Why must we rush? Why must we do everything in such a hurry? Why must we act without thinking it through? Is it worth cutting our life short or cutting someone else’s life short just to get something done quickly or get to our destination that much sooner? Is it worth it?

So Your Sibling in Christ Did You Wrong…

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(Originally Posted June 26, 2013)

You know that sibling in Christ who only text you when they need something or they’re having some kind of crisis? Or maybe it’s that sibling in Christ who is always competing with you or trying to outdo you? Or that sibling in Christ that has nothing nice to say and acts like a Negative Nancy? Or what about that sibling in Christ who can tell you everything that is wrong with you, but has yet to shine a magnifying glass on their own mess of a life? Or maybe that sibling in Christ who failed to keep their word to you once again?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all had experiences with our siblings in Christ similar to these. So what do we do when our sibling in Christ does us wrong? Do we do as Christ says in Matthew 5:39 and turn the other cheek or do we hold a grudge and plot our retaliation? Do we say that we forgive them, but every time we see them we give them the cold shoulder? Or do we keep silent and let our anger boil?

Before I get into what we’re supposed to do, let me say this: From my personal experience, it hurts much more and angers me much more when a fellow Christian does me wrong in comparison to a nonbeliever. I’m not sure about y’all, but I get hot when my brother or sister in Christ mistreats me. Why? I believe it’s the expectation. I mean I don’t expect much from the world. My thinking is this “You have Jesus Christ living in you so you shouldn’t be mistreating me like this!” I have to remind myself that even though we have Jesus living inside of us, we still have a messed up, jacked up flesh that is weak and sinful.

Matthew 26:41

“…The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

So, once again, what do we do when our siblings in Christ hurt us?

Confront them! Lovingly, of course.

Matthew 18:15-17

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

Confrontations are never easy and are extremely uncomfortable, but they are a must. Confrontations can go 1 of 2 ways.

 

1. They can go smoothly and the person you’re confronting takes what you say to heart immediately. A lot of times people don’t even realize that they’ve done something wrong and just simply need it brought to their attention.

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2. They can be rough. The person can reject everything you say and will likely be angry with you. However, if they are truly in the wrong and they have a true relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will convict them and they will realize the error of their ways. If they don’t, you can do like Matthew 18:16 says and confront them amongst a couple of other Christians who can help serve as mediators. And if that still doesn’t work, all you can do is give them to God.

The main thing is that you confront your brothers and sisters in Christ when they hurt you. 

 

Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger”. 

 

Don’t hold on to that anger and let it fester or you will end up sinning too. That anger will turn into bitterness and resentment, which will just make the situation worse. 

 

Proverbs 14:10

“The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.” 

 

Bitterness and joy don’t mix. If you’re bitter, you can’t have joy. So pretty much, if you hold on to the hurt of what someone did to you and let it turn into bitterness, your life will lack joy. Is it really worth it?

 

Ephesians 4:31

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” 

 

So in addition to a lack of joy, you will be sinning against God since He says specifically in His word to put away bitterness. So let’s break this down: First you’re angry with the person and let that anger fester. Sin! Then you’re bitter. Another sin! Then, more than likely, you’re probably bad mouthing and slandering that person. Sin! So, in a nutshell, you have done all this sinning just because you refused to confront your sibling in Christ. Is it really worth it?

We don’t want to sin so let’s talk about confronting your sibling in Christ.

When confronting them, please, please, please remember that this is not an opportunity for you to give them a piece of your mind, go off, or tell them about themselves. No, it’s not. Even when confronting our siblings in Christ, we must do it in love. Yes, address the issue, but don’t take this as an opportunity to bring up every single mistake they’ve made or put a guilt trip on them. When confronting them, focus on the facts: what they did wrong and how that made you feel. Avoid using “you” statements as much as possible, “I” statements work best. Be aware of your tone; don’t be condescending or condemning. And please, please, please remember that once you hash it out, that’s it. Don’t bring it up 2 weeks, 2 months, or 5 years from now. Once you deal with it, that’s it. We need to take the same approach that God does with us when we sin against Him and we ask for forgiveness. 

 

Micah 7:19, 

“He will again have compassion on us;
 He will tread our iniquities underfoot.
 You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” 

 

Once we ask God for forgiveness, He takes our sins and throws them into the bottom of the sea and that’s it. He forgets all about them. God doesn’t bring up those sins and throws them back in our face. 

Now for the next step: forgive! After confronting your sibling in Christ, you must forgive them! Yes, this is much easier said than done, but it’s necessary.

Matthew 6:14-15, 

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

We forgive because God forgives us. We all sin against God everyday and need His forgiveness constantly. But if we don’t forgive, how can we expect God to forgive us? We can’t expect Him to be merciful to us if we can’t show mercy to others. With forgiveness, more often than not, it must be an act of faith. You may not feel like you forgive them, but living out that forgiveness is a huge step. By living out that forgiveness I mean walking in love towards them, being kind and cordial when you see them, not getting angry or having something negative to say whenever you hear their name…when you step out on faith and act out that forgiveness, God will eventually line your feelings up with your actions.

I know I’m probably beating a dead horse with this topic, but there is too much strife and unforgiveness amongst the body of Christ. Christians not talking to one another…holding grudges…it has to stop. Think about this: You are going to spend eternity, yes eternity, with these people so you better get it right now or you will have to deal with it when you get to heaven and, trust me, God will not accept any excuses.

I Say I Love Jesus…But What Does My Heart Say???

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(Originally Posted September 28, 2013)

Isaiah 29:13,

“And the Lord said:
‘Because this people draw near with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,'”

 

We say we love Jesus, but our lifestyle begs to differ. We profess Him as our Lord and Savior, Master of our life, yet our lives don’t bring Him glory in any way, shape, or form…

 

I can say I love Jesus until I’m blue in the face, but if I don’t represent Him in all that I do, if I’m not living according to His Word, my words mean nothing…all I’m doing is giving Him lip service. What does lip service look like?:

 

  • One minute we’re praising and thanking Jesus for all that He has done in our lives, and in the next breath we’re cussing out that driver that just cut us off on the freeway…but what does God’s Word say???

James 3:10,

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

  • We serve faithfully in the church, pay our tithes, but we’re shacking up with our boyfriend or girlfriend…but what does God’s Word say???

1 Corinthians 6:18,

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”

  • We haven’t been to church in a month of Sundays but we think Jesus understands because He knows our heart, plus we pray and read our Bible when we have time…but what does God’s Word say???

Hebrews 10:24-25,

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

  • We go to church faithfully, serve in different ministries, but have a jealousy so deep rooted in our hearts that it even shames Saul’s jealousy of David…but what does God’s Word say???

James 3:14-15,

But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.”

  • We say we love Jesus, but we have bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, or deceitfulness rooted in our hearts…but what does God’s Word say???

Galatians 5:19-21,

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

God’s Word is perfectly clear on what it does and does not mean to be of Him. Not only does God warn us about giving Him lip service instead of our hearts, He tells us specifically to give Him our hearts. 

Proverbs 23:26,

“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe My ways.”

 

Jesus wants our hearts not our empty words filled with so many promises we never even fulfill. So what does it mean to give Jesus our hearts? It means to literally devote our lives to Him. It means that everything we do, we do it to honor and please Him. It means obeying His commands even when we don’t feel like it. It means making Him number one in our lives. It means denying ourselves daily. It means being a true Christ follower, meaning that our lives should mirror Jesus’ life in all that we do. It means taking that saying, “What would Jesus do?” to heart and living it out. It means giving Jesus our lives. Think about this: we can live without certain organs, such as one of our kidneys or our gallbladder, but if our heart stops working or someone takes our heart out, that’s it, we are done because it is literally our lifeline. So when we give Jesus our hearts, we give Him our entire life. We are literally saying, “Jesus I will now live for You, I will please You in everything I do.”

 

So what now? We have to change. No more being lukewarm Christians. This is what Jesus says about lukewarm Christians:

 

Revelation 3:15-16,

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

 

Jesus is literally saying that because we choose to have one foot in this world and the other foot in the church, He will spit us out of His mouth because we are such a bad taste to Him. He would rather us either serve Him wholeheartedly or serve this world wholeheartedly. Us going to church every Sunday is not doing Jesus a favor. Us sending up a prayer every now and then or cracking open our Bibles every so often isn’t going to appease Jesus. Living this life as if we’re doing Jesus a favor and that this life is about us and what we want is the wrong attitude to have. This life isn’t ours to live any which way we choose. God breathed His very life into us! We didn’t create ourselves, He created us for Him!

 

Genesis 2:7,

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”

 

God’s very breath gave each and everyone of us life. Let that sink in. If we have the very breath of the Creator of the world, Creator of the universe, the breath of the Holy, Pure, All-Powerful God in us, then why are we living in mediocrity? Why aren’t we living in excellence? God created each and everyone of us with a purpose and a calling. This life is not our own to do as we please. Our body isn’t even our own.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20,

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

 

If we have truly accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, why are we still living like we did before we came to know Him? Why are we blending in with this world instead of standing out like the light of this world we were called to be (Matthew 5:14-16). When we truly come to know Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to work in us, changing our lives day by day to make us look more and more like Jesus. 

 

Philippians 1:6,

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

 

When we have truly turned our lives over to Jesus, we will see a difference in ourselves. Our desires will change. Living life like we used to when we lived for this world won’t feel right to us. The Holy Spirit will convict us, we will feel a tug on our hearts if we do something that goes against God’s Word. If we’ve been knowing Jesus for some time and nothing about our lives has changed, then that’s a serious problem…

 

When we make that commitment to Jesus to give Him our hearts, we can’t keep living life like we did before. There are certain people we have to stop hanging around, certain music we have to stop listening to, certain movies and shows we have to stop watching. We need to be surrounded by those who push us closer to Jesus not pull us away from Him if we’re going to make it in this Christ walk. Us accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and then turning around and going back to hanging out with those same people who don’t want to have anything to do with Jesus or watching those shows and listening to that music that promotes fornication, drinking, cussing, is equivalent to taking a shower and putting on the same nasty, dirty clothes we had just taken off. The bath was useless because we went back to our same funk and stench.

Ephesians 4:22-24,

“to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

This scripture nails it. In order for a change to occur in our lives, it starts with our mind. What are we putting into our minds? What thoughts are we dwelling on? Our thinking effects everything. Before we can do anything, we must think it first. We all have our struggles. There are certain struggles in our lives that we are going to see fade away quickly when we come to know Jesus. There are others that are going to require work on our part. For me, my biggest struggle was lustful thoughts. I had to get on my face before God daily. I had to pour my heart out to Him and lean on His strength to help me overcome. I found scriptures all about thoughts, the mind, lust, etc. I had to fight this with scripture. Get a concordance and find scriptures pertaining to your struggle and confess them daily. Start thanking and praising God for helping you to overcome even though you haven’t seen it manifested yet. For me, I also had to change what I listened to, watched, and read. I had to cut out all R&B music and Hip Hop, which was so hard for me because I loved me some R&B, but I loved Jesus more so I died to myself and made the sacrifice in order to make sure I stayed pure before Him. I don’t even watch TV anymore other than sports, re-runs of Fresh Prince, The Cosby Show, and other clean 90s shows. I love to read, but I had to stop reading romance books. I literally had to go through all my stuff and get rid of anything that could cause me to fall into lustful thoughts. I had to make a choice. Either I was going to be fully committed to Jesus or fully committed to this world. What’s your choice going to be? We can’t claim to know, love, and serve God, if we refuse to look and be like Him in all that we do.

 

 

 

 

 

Single’s Bucket List—Do Before Married!

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(Originally Posted on March 14, 2014)

I came across this blogpost on Married & Young (here’s the link: http://marriedandyoung.com/5-things-you-should-pursue-when-single/) and the blog discusses 5 things we should pursue as singles. The areas of pursuit are personal spiritual pursuits, career and education pursuits, travel pursuits, ministry pursuits, and miscellaneous pursuits. Overall, this blog is very encouraging to singles and a very good read. Instead of focusing on the fact that we’re not married, we should enjoy our singleness and live life to the fullest. So based on this blog, I decided to make a bucket list, but instead of making a list of things to do before I die, I made a list of things to do before I get married. Here’s my list:

1. Personal Spiritual Pursuits

·      Pray more—I pray daily, but I want to get to the point where I take everything before Jesus and discuss any and all issues/decisions with Him first.

·      Leave no room for doubt. I struggle with this in regards to my future and future seasons of my life. I like to have everything mapped out for me. I want to know what to expect, how it’s going to happen, all of the details. Well, Jesus doesn’t work that way. There are certain things He will reveal to us and most things we just have to trust Him. I struggle with this, but I know He will help me get to the point where I trust Him and rest in Him instead of doubting.

·      Get to know Jesus on an even deeper, more intimate level. There is so much to Jesus and I want to know it all. I know I won’t know it all, but that won’t stop me from trying.

·      Learn the Greek translation for various words in the Bible. The Greek translation for various words in the Bible bring so much more understanding to what God is saying in His word.

·      Pray in the spirit more.

·      Memorize more scripture.

·      Go on more dates with Jesus 

·      Write (journal) to Jesus daily

·      Let go and let Jesus use me whenever and however He pleases. I have to stop letting fear, selfishness, etc. interfere with this.

2. Career/Education Pursuits

·      Obtain a Master’s Degree in Child Development (currently pursuing)

·      Obtain a PhD in Child Development

·      Start a business—the possibilities are endless! I have so many ideas that I need to start doing something with instead of thinking on them.

·      Pursue a career as a Child Life Specialist

3. Travel Pursuits

There are so many places that I want to travel to!

Outside the U.S.:

·      Italy—particularly Rome, Venice, Naples, and Milan

·      France

·      Spain

·      Ireland

·      Portugal

·      Greece

·      Egypt

·      Kenya

·      Brazil

·      Columbia

·      Peru

·      Belize

·      The Bahamas

·      Cayman Islands

·      Jamaica

In the U.S.:

·      New Mexico

·      Arizona

·      New York

·      Washington (Especially Seattle so I can visit Judah Smith’s church!)

·      Virginia

·      Washington, D.C.

·      Florida (Orlando only! I just want to go to Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando)

·      Georgia (This will be happening this summer!)

4. Ministry Pursuits

·     Mission trip overseas—I was supposed to go on one this summer, but things didn’t work out so that I can go. However, I have not lost hope about going on a mission trip. It’s a desire God has placed in my heart and so it will happen in His timing.

·      Continue serving in Children’s Ministry. I absolutely love serving in this ministry. I serve in the nursery and it is so much fun! I enjoy holding, playing with, and cuddling with the babies. It’s so nice to be able to provide this for the parents so that they can go and enjoy service while knowing that their child is in good hands. It is truly a blessing. Babies are amazing!

5. Miscellaneous Pursuits

·      Read at least 1 book towards educational growth and 1 towards spiritual growth every month

·      Run a marathon

·      Get down to my goal weight

·      Write my autobiography

·      Learn how to play the guitar

·      Love others more—I really struggle in this area. I honestly want to see everyone through God’s untainted eyes. I don’t want to see the hurt and pain that others have caused me, but to see them in love.

·      Go to a concert every few months (what can I say, I’m a music junkie!)

·      Volunteer at a hospital (currently working on this. Trusting God for His will to be done)

Here’s my list and I had so much fun writing it. I prayed about it before I began because I wanted to make sure everything I do is in line with God’s will for me. I suggest that every single do this. There is so much we can do as a single since we don’t have any responsibilities in regards to a family. Take advantage of this time instead of wasting it on moping around because your mate isn’t here. You don’t need a man or a woman to start living life. Live your life now! Plus, when God does bring you your mate and they ask you what you’ve done during your season of singleness, you don’t want to say, “I’ve just waited on you.” With that said, stop putting your life on hold. Live it and enjoy it!

 

Sins of Omission: Failing to Do Good to Others

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Whenever the word sin comes to mind, we often associate it with doing wrong, such as lying, stealing, murder..but what about failing to do good to others? What!?!?! It’s a sin to fail to do good to others??? How is that so?

Matthew 25:31-46,

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

In this passage, Jesus is pretty much telling us what we do or fail to do to others we also do or fail to do to Him. When we do good to others, show others love and kindness, we are also doing good to Jesus and showing Him love and kindness. However, when we fail to do good to others, we fail to do good to Jesus. This makes sense in that when Jesus came, He brought a new commandment:

John 13:34,

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Jesus commands us to love others as He loves us. This is easier said than done. Just thinking about how much Jesus loves us…it’s hard to wrap our minds around it. His love for us is unconditional…it has no limits or boundaries…He loves us with reckless abandon. Whew! Think about it: His ultimate act of love was dying on the cross for our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him.

Romans 5:8,

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. We didn’t have to get ourself together and stop sinning…we had to do nothing to earn His love. He loved us just because. This is the kind of love He wants us to display to others. Demonstrating this unconditional love is easy when dealing with those who are kind to us…but what about those who hate us or continue to hurt us? Do we have to love them too? What about doing good to others? Are we only supposed to do good to those who do good to us? Or do we only do good to those we know will give us something in return?

Luke 6:32-36,

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

As believers we are called to a higher standard. If we simply love those and do good to those who are easy to love, we are no different than unbelievers. We are to do good to those who hurt us. We are to do good to those who cannot do anything for us. That’s the thing about loving the way that Jesus does…it’s unconditional meaning that nothing has to be done to earn this love. We love just because…it’s simple as that. My favorite story in the Bible of someone who did good to someone without expecting anything in return is the story of Rebekah. The story is found in Genesis 24. Basically, Abraham sends out his servant to Abraham’s home town to find a wife for his son Isaac. So the servant sets out on this long journey with 10 camels carrying all kinds of gifts for the future Mrs. Isaac. When the servant arrives to Abraham’s home town, he stops at the well right outside the city. Him and his camels are super thirsty…I mean dying of thirst. So the servant prays:

Genesis 24:12-14,

12 And he said, “O Lord,God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold,I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

So come alongs Rebekah who has no clue as to who this man is, why he is at the well…no clue at all.

Genesis 24:15-21,

15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.

What Rebekah did is an amazing example of doing good to others without expecting anything in return…she did good to a complete stranger! Now picture this: It’s a scorching hot, sunny day and Rebekah is heading to the well to get some water for her family. So she goes down to the well to fill up a jug that can hold a gallon of water, which weighs 8 pounds. As she’s done filling the jug to make that long trek back home, a man who she does not know, stops her asking for a drink of water. Does she get an attitude? Nope, she quickly offers him the water. Then she looks over and sees he has 10 camels and offers to give them something to drink. Now this is no easy task. Thirsty camels can drink up to 30 gallons of water…stay with me here, okay. There were 10 camels and each one of them was thirsty meaning they would need 30 gallons of water…30×10…that was 300 hundred gallons of water! Can you imagine how tired she must have been just from thinking about all of the trips she would have to make to that well to quench the thirst of those camels??? That didn’t stop her from offering to do kindness to this man. She didn’t stop until each of those camels’ thirst was quenched. This is such an amazing example of doing kind to others…of showing someone love! That’s what Jesus wants from us!

At times it is hard to be kind to others, especially if you’re having a bad day or you don’t feel well or you have to do kind to someone who hurt you. Despite all that, we are still called to show others love. When the Lord presents you with an opportunity to show someone kindness, seize that opportunity, jump on that…don’t let it pass you by.

Proverbs 3:27,

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.”

It all boils down to this, when you are able to do good to others, do it. Don’t hold back just because you don’t feel like it or that person upset you. That’s a sin of omission…that’s going against what God has called you to do.