Give them love.
Tuesday I went to a meeting for which I helped with presentations given to a room filled with about 2,500 people. It was the culmination of a solid month of hard work.
On the way into town, I asked God to show me how to best bring in His kingdom to this group.
I painted pictures in my mind of being asked to give an invocation – of standing in front of these 2,500 businessmen and leading a prayer that brought the Kingdom into their lives in a way they had never seen before – even though I’ve never seen any of their meetings start with a prayer.
God just laughed and gently told me that idea had come from my self.
It was about that time, without knowing anything about what I was thinking, Carey sent an email that, in part, quoted 1 Peter 5: “that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.”
I said, “Lord, but that’s what you ask me to do every day.”
He said, “That’s where I have you now. That’s where you are.”
A little later that morning I had a little time between meetings and walked to the Hard Rock Café for lunch. I sat and saw the music video playing on all the TVs surrounding me. When I saw a stripper in the video, I asked God if I was really supposed be there.
He said, “Just sit tight – and you don’t have to watch the TVs.”
I looked around the restaurant and saw lettering that read “LOVE ALL SERVE ALL” and I felt His love.
Then, just as I’m feeling and writing all this “how to love” content Tuesday afternoon in a public place, who walks up to me but a man who stole business from me two years ago. Rather, in my mind he had stolen the business.
A lot of business.
God knows how to talk to you and when to talk to you.
I knew I had to forgive this man. I looked for Jesus in him and though I couldn’t see Him, God showed me where He was.
I forgave the man. I loved the man. I love the man.
You can’t remove all the need in the world today but there are lots of ways you can help. Start by asking The Rock where there is still a hardness in you.