Sunday, May 18, 2014

Its A Small World Afterall...

A couple of weeks ago, I took my family to Disney World in Orlando, FL.  I love going there, because just about every nation in the world is represented here between the workers and the visitors. I just happen to love that. Now, I'm not an advocate for diversity, I just like to see more of the world. But as I told someone who went with us on this trip, Disney is a lot like heaven. Not in the rides or anything like that, but in that all of your brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ in THIS world, from many different locations, will one day BE in heaven (in one place together) with me/you.  The United States, Japan, China, Israel, India, Bolivia, Brazil, Saskatchewan, you name it. Where else can you go here on this earth and see a fragment of what heaven might be like with all the different kinds of people in one place? And sometimes, you might catch a glimpse of a random act of kindness between cultures and language barriers.  Something as simple as taking a picture for a couple who don't speak your language.  Or a man giving his seat on the bus to an elderly lady, who didn't speak his language, who was standing up. Or even when you see someone drop something when they have their hands full, and a stranger picks it up for them and hands it back.  Those are the moments I love.  I guess that is called random acts of kindness.  I think that ultimately those little things may fall under the 'love your neighbor as yourself'.
Matthew 22:36-40 goes like this in the NIV:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
This is really the kind of man I would like to be.  I'm working on it.

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