I’ve been challenged this morning as I was reading my life journal passages.
These days on Facebook we see all these “pay it forward” New Years posts. You know, “The first five people to post on this post I will send a batch of cookies to sometime this year”.
These are great and a lot of people are going to be encouraged this year, if everyone follows through in their resolutions. But after reading this passage today, I’m challenged as to whether we are approaching this the right way.
Maybe it’s not our five closest friends who respond the fastest to us that we should send blessings to this year, maybe those are the people that we would already be blessing anyway.
I am challenged that maybe I need to take a closer look at my life and see who has stood against me, who have I broken covenant with, who have I hurt or been hurt by, who would be my enemy? Maybe that is the list I need to build, and maybe those are the people I need to send a surprise blessing to this year.
It is a simple enough idea, but as thoughts and scenarios and people come to mind I’m horrified at the prospect. But that’s the teaching that Jesus gave us here. The challenge is this: can I stand up to that, can I walk in that? Am I being called to? I honestly don’t know, but I think I’m supposed to try.
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and an encounter with God that challenges your world views today.