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June 23, 2016, 11:09 AM

A Great Way To Live

I was going through my Facebook page and I saw a post by a close friend of mine. His post simply said, "Romans 12:12-17. Try it." Well, I had to read it to see what he was getting at, and was really good advice. 

There's a lot packed into this little passage. 

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with each other. Share with people in need. Be hospitable. Bless people who curse you and persecute you. Don't seek revenge, but be careful to do what is right. 

What if we just did this? You know I get a lot of questions about the Bible. I get asked all kinds of questions about the rapture, is it real, and when will it happen? I get asked if Obama is the antiChrist. I get asked if people really have to go to church. (just a quick note, YES) I get asked if I believe all the things happening in the world are a sign of the end times. I get it...people have questions about deep theological issues. But maybe instead of seeking answers to things that we are curious about we decided to do what we understood to be right. 

Let's do the simple theology in Romans 12:12-17. Let's put aside our own selfish desires and just be happy for people that are happy instead of being jealous and envious of them. Let's be empathetic and try to mourn with those who are mourning. Let's decide to try and feel what others are feeling. 

Let's seek to live in harmony and peace with people instead of fighting and stirring up drama. There's enough drama and hurt that naturally comes out of life...let's not start stuff that is unnecessary. Let's take the high road and seek what leads to peace and restoration. 

How about we try to be generous with people in need? I know when we think about generosity we automatically think about money. But this is an attitude. This is about generosity with our time, our stuff, and our talents. I just saw a video the other day about a man who brings sandwiches to the homeless every night in Minneapolis. He has 17 refrigerators in his place where he stores all the food. He gets donations and has volunteers, and his generosity is more about time and effort than money. 

Let's be people that don't have to seek revenge and seek life to be fair for us. Sometimes we just need to let stuff go. I know that as Americans we are big on our rights. I get that. There are some rights we should fight for, but sometimes we just need to be willing to take one for the team. Let's be more about doing the right thing than protecting all of our rights.

Selfless, peaceful, generous, forgiving...what if you and I lived this way. We may not do it perfectly, but what if we decided that this was the kind of life we were going to live? 

My friend's post was very short and simple, but it packs quite a punch! 

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