This is how they will know you

I’ve just come back from spending a couple weeks traveling on vacation with my wife. I love the way God speaks to me and works with me. I was all ready for this vacation because I thought that it was going to be a restful rejuvenating trip and that as a result of our rest that I was going be ready to get back to work when I got back.

You will hear me say this often. And if you spend any time around me you will hear me say this eventually. When you ask God for something, be ready. He will answer you.

I began preparing this message before I left so I’d have a good foundation when I got back but see I prayed that God would keep this lesson in my heart and on my mind while I was away so that I would be in tuned and ready to finish this up when I got back and my lord Jesus I asked and didn’t take my own advice.

We went to Las Vegas for a week and then to Los Angeles for the second week.

Two weeks straight of waiting in line in the heat. Nothing worked out quite right and I was getting upset because I was thinking, “This isn’t relaxing at all” I’m not going to go back rejuvenated my Wife isn’t going to go back rejuvenated stressful roads and people everywhere most of whom were complaining. We had to wait in line for everything, we even waited in line in our car to park for 20 or 30 minutes just to find that the lot was full when we finally got to the front of the line. I kept getting more and more frustrated until I finally realized that God had answered my prayer. I asked him to keep this lesson in my heart and on my mind.

Funny as it seems it brought to my mind a movie. This movie is not exactly a Christian movie. It’s called Evan almighty. It sort of pokes fun at the idea of a modern-day man being called upon, by God, to build an ark just as Noah was. In this film Morgan freeman plays the part of God and he has this speech that I have always found oddly wise. I don’t know if the write of this dialog was Christian but if not, they were really on that day.

“God: Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

I asked God to help me teach the lesson of loving people and he gave me the opportunity be loving, to be kind and to be peaceful in places where people we not so easy to love.

See love is just a word until you have to act on it.  when everything is going well and easy when you’re getting along or when you feel perfectly comfortable its really easy to say you love things or people but that’s only because it requires no effort.  Love only becomes a real thing when its tested.

Luke 6:34

And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

The same can be said of love. If you only love people who are going to love you, if you only helped people whom would help you back then what is the point. After all even sinners do that. It’s nice to be loved when we are being loving but it’s crucial and life giving when we are loved while we are in pieces. While we are at our lowest and when we look back and see how someone came and loved us not only while we weren’t easy to love but while we couldn’t have paid back any of it if we wanted to.

Rick Warren Said

“God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us. It takes no character to love people who are lovely and loving to you.

That’s where love is truly manifest. Cause love is just a word until you prove it. When you act and show what the word means.

Hero is just a name and a word until someone is saved. Doctor is just a word until a life is saved and an illness is treated. Even Christian is just a word until we have behaved like Christ.