Friday, May 28, 2010

true love

While we are indeed human, and a quest to reach the perfection of Jesus is impossible, I know now we have one job. Our job is to love. Our job is to make deliberate decisions to see beyond prejudice, stigma, and societal norms to recognize human heart for human heart and learn to clearly separate a person's worth from the remnants of his or her current struggle. To understand Jesus continually sees each one of us and says, "You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are loved." And to love like Jesus is to say the same.

Proverbs 31:8-9 reads: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” I am left with the conviction that we have a responsibility to take action for a people most choose to ignore. To take notice of a people who we think are hiding but, in fact, are simply waiting to be found.

As individuals who walk in the knowledge and power of their identity as children of God, we must be well aware of our commissioning. While pursuing our dreams and visions are essentials in carrying out God’s purposes on earth, we must never forego our command to love the poor. Some are called to be teachers. Some are called to be prophets. Some are called to be doctors. And some are called to sell all their belongings and move to desolate land. But each one of us, despite location, occupation or any other “calling,” is called to remember the poor.

“Putting a Name to the Face” by Mallory Gabard

From Relevant, July-August 2007

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