You may have heard this quote from Gandhi, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Or you may have heard the Golden Rule, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Maybe you saw Bruce Almighty and heard Bruce tell us at the end of the movie to "Be the Miracle!" Or how about when Jesus told us to "Love God and Love Others."
If we as Christ Followers want to make a difference in the world we need to be that difference. There are so many times each day that we have a choice to show God's love or to hide it. Jesus tells us in Mathew 22:37-40 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and strength. This is the first and most important commandment. The second commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments."
Did you catch it there at the end? In the "Justin Translation" Jesus is saying, "If you focus on loving me and loving each other, everything else will fall into place." We as Christ Followers have the opportunity show God's love in everything we do and it can come in many forms. It could be just a smile, buying someone's coffee, mowing a neighbors lawn, volunteering at the food bank, helping clean a friend's house or encouraging someone with a kind word. Loving God and Loving Others is a choice, it is not something that just happens.
If we want the world to be a kinder, more loving place we must first cultivate that in our own lives, then choose to share that with the people we meet each day. Basing all that we do on the idea of Loving God and Loving Others, will help us see everyday situations differently. This is a concept that sounds simple, but to put it into practice is not always easy.
This week, make a difference, be the miracle, let God's love shine through!