Friday – August 30, 2013; 1 Peter 4:7-11

The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.  Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

At times I wonder what has become of us, where is our humanity, our decency?  I have had people cut me off in traffic, or even stop to make a U-turn in front of me, and then curse me out when I brake too hard, even if I did not honk or make a gesture myself.  On TV we have shows where we get entertained by videos of people performing insane stunts, running from the police or having accidents, with the pay-off being a painful ending.

The internet and the airwaves are full of discourtesy and disrespect; even the most needy and the sickest (in body and in mind) can become targets of ridicule.  Some of our most vocal politicians and the pundits who follow them are constantly inciting conflict and controversy in the name of power and ratings.

All around us we can see rudeness and misunderstanding, and a lack of compassion for the poor, along with a blind dislike of the wealthy — blaming them for most of our problems (without knowing the facts).

While many ask the question “What would Jesus do?” others fight over the answer while forgetting about actually acting as Christ to world!

I am no exception, I can also be rude, and sometimes have to work at treating those around me with respect and compassion.

It can be easy to get caught up in our culture of disrespect, but it is important for us not to fall into this trap, as how we act can effect our children.  Whether we realize it or not, our kids look to us for how to act, even our teen-aged kids (who often pretend as if they are not paying attention)!

Now more than ever, we need to remember that we are the first gospel our children ever hear, and that the gospel calls upon us to treat others with love and compassion.  We speak Christ, not only to the world, but also to our children, and we share the gospel through our actions as well as our worlds.

And God speaks to us through the words and actions of others, from those close to us to complete strangers!  Together we share the love of God with our children and with a world that desperately needs the love of God!

By sharing the gospel with our children, they will have the opportunity to embrace this message of love and respect for others, and hopefully follow it…if not now, then at least it will plant a seed in their hearts for the future, as they grow into adults.

Let us Pray:

God, in this time when disrespect can seem so prevalent, please help us to remember that as Christians we carry the gospel with us at all times.  Help us not to suffocate others with our faith, but instead to live our faith out loud on a daily basis, for all to see and hear.  Help us to share this faith with our children and with others, as we strive to raise our children in the best way we can; therefore ensuring that the next generation becomes one of compassion and respect for others.

Amen

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