It's ok to be a little odd.
In preparation for yesterday's message and this week's devotional, I spent a lot of time studying scripture. It really struck me at how odd and counter-cultural God's call to love is. We find that scripture tells us to love God, love our neighbors, love our enemies, build unity, love people who don't deserve it, and the categories just kind of go on from there.
If you really dig deep into this ethic of love, it would lead to living a rather odd life. Evidently, though, God is ok with calling Jesus followers to an odd way of living--to a way of living that is different from the world.
This week I want to encourage you to do 3 things:
1. Take our Spiritual Growth Survey. Click HERE to take it now; it will only take 5 minutes. Since we can't be with each other in person, this survey can help us support one another and can help find a way forward for our church during this difficult season.
2. Focus on love this week. If you focus on the love of God and how God might want you to show love, I think that you will be blessed in unexpected ways. I have prepared a devotional for you to help guide you in this focus. Click HERE to download your devotional.
3. Please continue to pray each day at 12:29. I am going to work to more consistently be on Facebook live to pray this week at 12:29. But even if I'm not on Facebook each day, please take this moment to pray. Each day has a different prayer emphasis centered around hope and healing for the COVID health crisis. You can find the prayer foci by clicking HERE.
Please know that I am praying for you. Please feel free to reach out to me this week if you need to talk or need prayer. I know these days can feel isolating and disorienting, we can get through it by leaning on each other.