Growing zucchinis in our garden is always an adventure. They tend to be ready right as we are gone on vacation. This summer I peeled a way overgrown zucchini that hid while we were gone and shredded the parts that doesn't have the seeds. I made soup and muffins out of the shredded zucchini. But this isn't about zucchini.
I wear glasses. My eyesight isn’t really all that bad. Actually the reason I got glasses in the first place is kind of a funny story. When I was in fifth grade, I think for some reason the doctor told me that it was up to me. I didn’t get them right off, but my parents were keeping a watch. One day I got off the school bus at my stop, and I was looking for my dad. I was squinting. It’s not for the reason that you think. The sun was in my eyes. My dad thought my squinting was because I couldn’t see him. Soon after I had a pair of red framed glasses.
My eyesight still isn’t too bad. When I put my glasses on, everything is just a little more clear. (In fact when I’m at home, I usually leave them off.) It helps a lot, when I'm trying to read road sign. That’s not the case with some of you. You may be lost without your glasses.
Your “eyesight” may be pretty clear (meaning you have a good idea what Jesus has done for you and how that impacts your life). Or your “eyesight” may be dreadful (meaning you have no clue what Jesus has done for you and how that impacts your life).
Paul writes in 1 Timothy about his walk with Jesus. He exclaims, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life” (1:12-16 NIV).
So no matter where your “eyesight” is at, know that Jesus gives you tons of grace. He wants the best for you, because He loves you that much.
Love. It’s one word. It’s easy to say but harder to do. Last summer a whole bunch of teens invaded our church and community. It was awesome! They came all the way from Pennsylvania to show love. The picture below is of two of them doing work. They chose to give up a week to come here and do work. People around noticed. They wore red shirts that said “Love.” on the front, and they did projects all around the area. They showed love – a sacrificial love that Jesus had shown to them.
At one of the sites a group of teens were working on some outdoor projects. When given an opportunity to take a break and play a game, they chose to keep working. That’s just one example of how serious they were about love. Lives were changed.
Jesus was all about showing love, especially to those who were despised or neglected. A good question to ask ourselves each day is: what are we doing to show love?
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.