Love One Another

So something interesting happened to me on Wednesday, which really challenged some biases and assumptions that I can make about others. Here’s what happened:

I was headed to an appointment, and needed to check in with someone at the front desk before proceeding. As I filled out the necessary paperwork, I made conversation with the person helping me (as is my custom).

As I handed the form back to the man at the front desk, I looked at him (I mean really looked at him), as his appearance was really quite startling, and – if I’m honest – was rather unnerving, too. Without going into details, let’s just say the way that the man chose to present himself was quite unusual, and required me to school my features so that I did not react in a visible way. Instead, I continued to make conversation with him.

And do you know what I realized? Even if I do not agree with his, er, approach, I can say that the man appeared to be 100% comfortable in his own skin – far more than I am on most days! I made note of that.

Also, this verse from 1 John 4 resonated with me as I reflected on the events of the day, and I remembered that God has placed me on this earth to love other people – even if we don’t see eye-to-eye on things. Especially then, I daresay.

Will you pray with me?

Dear Lord, help me to remember that it’s my job to love others – especially those who may be different from me – and to leave all else in Your hands. If there is another step that You desire me to take, I trust that You will let me know when the time is right. Otherwise, remind me to stay in my own lane! In Your name I pray, amen.



12 thoughts on “Love One Another

  1. “ job to love others” – that’s an arresting way to put that, and you are absolutely right. He commands us to do just that, with His love coursing through us unto others. Our job is to obey.
    😊 I did have to chuckle at the phrase “school my features,” because I identified immediately with it. I do appreciate your writing talents.

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  2. Amen! Reminds me of the guy I talked to at Walmart a couple weeks ago. He was working the electronics section. He had long purple hair to his shoulders and he was wearing tight women’s jeans and high heels and he had nails and a woman’s ring on. Kind of looked like a mix between a rocker dude and a dude trying to look like a girl. We had to wait for a manager for a price check (why does that always happen at Walmart?), so I ended up talking with him for awhile. Found out he is from Australia and we talked about his family and the video games we played as kids. Fun conversation, reminded me of college ministry. Just never know who you might meet. Amen to loving them all. He is in my prayers now. God bless!

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    1. Ryan, your situation sounds almost identical to mine yesterday! I prayed for the person I crossed paths with yesterday as well. Your story is reminding me that perhaps I should continue to pray for him, rather than it being a one-time thing. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  3. It’s funny I should read this. Yesterday I said and did something that I knew I should not have done. And when I got home, I felt the conviction deeply. I found myself asking God to forgive me for not making the right decision. Plus, I prayed for the people that where affected by my outcome and I prayed for the bad example I performed in front of others. Oh trust me it was not anything gravelly harmful. But I know our words have power and talking about someone who I’ve not met at all is completely wrong. Plus, I should filter what I bring into children lives, especially since I filter my own life.
    Cryptic messages I guess, but I think you get my drifted. God bless ☺️

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    1. God bless you as well, and thank you for sharing this comment! I had a lightning bolt of conviction from the Holy Spirit not an hour or two ago over some of my own thoughts. Indeed, His conviction is deep, but… not subtle. 😮 I’m just grateful for His patience with me!

      How are you feeling?

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      1. Anxiety high. I’m trying to remember if the tree lights are off in my classroom. And winter break started. I’m confident I turned them off because I remember it not being on when I left the classroom. Ugh, my TA is always turning it back on when I unplug it.

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      2. Please keep me in prayer to find peace and rest assure I did it, as I’m always responsible for that. I’m hitting the gym today to relieve the stress. I already informed my boss about it. I guess I’m just nervous because the other day she left the tree on all night and I came into school Friday morning with them on. People need to be careful leaving Holiday lights on trees without unplugging them.

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      3. I can see why you were concerned! Yes, we all need to be careful when it comes to leaving lights on and unattended – that is how fires get started! 😦 Here’s hoping that you feel more peace and comfort of mine today.

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