Kid first, then cause…

Small geniusWho do I love?

Lately, I have been immersed in causes related to children with each asking a question – if I put the child first, how would I respond? The causes are:

1) Childrens’ Safe Harbor (www.childrenssafeharbor.org)
2) Preemptive Love Coalition (www.preemptivelove.org)
3) Backpack and Mentoring Drives (www.bridgingfortomorrow.org)

Each I believe in, but a question nudges me – if I really loved the kid, what would I do?

Give money? Money has the great gift of sending power to places we cannot be. Our finances have the capacity to be ambassadors for us to accomplish what we cannot.

However – and this is the kicker – my heart has to be somewhere. It is not enough to give and not love, and I suppose this is the message that is stalking me. We have to love – there needs to be a child beyond my own whom I see face to face. There is a name and a story I need to know with a pull upon my heart that demands – do all God asks to love this kid.

And here is the reason – because I love him or her that much. It’s the kid, not the cause.

Money cannot buy love. Love is face to face and Jesus wants us to fall in love with someone – Him, God, neighbor – because the most powerful actions we will ever take will be in response to where our heart is.

Jesus asked Peter, 

 “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. – John 21: 15-17

Jeus knew our greatest actions would be sparked by what we love.

This week ask less ‘what do I need to do’ and more ‘who do I love’ and let’s see where Jesus takes us from there…

 

 

(thank you for reading, if you found Jesus in this please share)

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