There is a hymn that we sing at church titled, “They Will Know We are Christians By our Love“. For some reason, that song keeps playing over and over again in my mind.
If you click above, on the title of the song, you will see a video showing people on international missions trips – working on construction sites, feeding the poor, as well as hugging the orphans. Of course, for those of you that know me, you know my heart draws close to those opportunities and life experiences. However, my mind does not keep playing that song over and over again because of those types of moments.
It is the holiday season – family, busyness, vacation, shopping, reflection, gift exchanges, food, music, cards, photos, picturesque landscape, parties, sledding, preparations, late nights, early mornings, concerts, celebrations, hustle and bustle, remembrance. Yes, it ALL comes together during this time of year.
This morning, my children were all excited about the first snowfall actually sticking to the ground. What a joy to see flakes falling as the wind pushed them side to side. How clean and fresh everything looks.
Then my mind turned again to that song – “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” There are so many people just 3 miles away in the inner city that did not feel joy at the sight of snow fixed to the ground. There are many sick and elderly that did not jump up and down with excitement at the picturesque view out the window.
And then other thoughts came rushing in:
I hope the waitress will sense Jesus’ love flowing through me
…and the store clerk
…and my neighbors
…and the toll booth worker
…and the maintenance man that comes
…and my children’s schoolteachers
…and the shopper that cut me in line
“God, show me what I can DO, but even as I wait for that revelation, help me to BE a radiant light that shows Jesus’ love every moment of every day.”
Colossians 4:5 (NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.