Lately, I’ve been reminded that I want to be remembered more for what I stand for and who I stand with rather than what I stand against.
I know it sounds way too simplistic and I know it’s become a funny cliché to some…but I really really really do want to live my life with a WWJD (What Would Jesus DO?) mentality.
Life is a classroom and He is the teacher.
Here are some words from Scott Sauls that resonate deeply with me:
What matters more to us—that we successfully put others in their place, or that we are known to love well? That we win culture wars with carefully constructed arguments and political power plays, or that we win hearts with humility, truth, and love? God have mercy on us if we do not love well because all that matters to us is being right and winning arguments…Truth and love must go together.
I want to love well. I have a long way to go. But, I am convinced that loving others well…trumps winning disputes.
I’ve read and heard several instances over the last few days of how Jesus taught his disciples the importance of loving others well. Jesus not only talked about loving well…he lived it! Loving well must become our knee jerk (first) response when we are confronted with conflicts or belief systems that differ from our own.
When they returned from getting food, the disciples were shocked to see Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman at the well. Why? Because it went against what they had ever known. She was a Samaritan…AND she was a she. Two big strikes against her at the time. But what was Jesus first response? To engage her in conversation. The other day I wrote this post about how relationships begin when we choose to scoot down to the other side of the bleacher. In this account, I think Jesus made the choice to scoot down the bleacher. (John 4) And, because of that choice to love…He won her heart and countless others. (John 4:39)
Folks, it’s not up to me to convict someone. It’s not my job to be someone’s police man. I have one task. And, I hope it’s the legacy I will leave behind…the WWJD legacy: To Love Well.
I want to be willing to move down the bleacher and start a conversation. I want to show compassion when I don’t understand. I want to love others the way Jesus loved the Samaritan woman. He set aside all preconceived notions of “appropriateness” and simply chose to acknowledge her and engage with her.
Love others well. This is my one and only job today.