Most of you that know me know that my faith is important to me. Not in the way of Bible-thumping or on a mission to convert as many people as possible. But, literally absorbing Jesus’ teachings and walking them out. Not that I am able to successfully walk them out all the time, cause let’s face, I am totally and completely imperfect. I fall so much on my face. Each time I feel convicted that I didn’t love deep enough, it drives me to be riskier and love harder.
What do I mean by riskier? How does risk relate to loving people?
Literally, taking risks to love on people. Pushing your limits. Or what you think are you limits. Risking pride, rejection, perception etc. If not those, then there are many other things I should be willing to risk. Jesus loves at all costs. He loves deeply and in very risky ways. He sees no risk is too great to meet someone where they are at. Throughout my walk with Jesus and even in more recent years, I strive to become so much riskier in the way I love people. In the way I reach out to people and meet them where they are at.
I think that we should be willing to take risks because Jesus sees worth in all of us. Therefore, we should see worth in all those around us. Gosh, sometimes it takes a ton of work. Because sometimes those people think they don’t want to be loved on or lifted up. Sometimes those people think you have an arterial motive. Sometimes people literally fall into your arms because they need you to help shoulder their burdens. Any one of those people deserve to be sought out regardless of risk and met where they are.
You know, I try hard not to vocalize political opinions. There is a reason for that. At the end of the day, I believe that I am supposed to love Jesus, love people and light up the world. I will not chastise people for their beliefs. I will not ask them to change those views. Some of the best people I know, I don’t always agree with. And you know what? That’s totally ok with me. I want anyone I come into to contact to know that I am a safe place for encouragement and love. I want to be set apart from others because I love radically and in the most risky of ways.
Maybe sometime you will see me struggling through my limits because the risk is worth it to me. Maybe sometime, you can join me.
“We love each other because He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19