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May 28, 2013

FORT FAITH: Be Jesus to everyone in both good, bad times

Just when you think the world’s priorities are so far out of whack things could never get back in line, there always seems to be some sort of crisis that causes people to rethink life.

Our state and much of our nation are no doubt going through that right now as tornado damage here in Oklahoma is causing people everywhere to refocus.

Many of us have close friends or family members who were affected by nature’s recent wrath. It is hard to make it through an entire day without having a conversation or hearing news about what is going on in Moore and other towns that were in the path.    

One giant blessing that is coming out of all of this is seeing and hearing about so many acts of compassion, selflessness, kindness, and love being shown towards victims and volunteers. This is truly inspiring. There is probably not a town in Oklahoma that is not doing something to help. Here in Fort Gibson, churches, schools and many other kind-hearted people have unified for a very important cause. Suddenly, things that used to seem so important have taken a back seat to offering aid, hope, and hugs to those whose world was turned upside down in a matter of minutes.

The Bible says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).”

Christians have a vital job to do during this very difficult time. While it is certainly important to help others by giving money and any supplies that are needed, we also must model the definition of love as stated by the apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth. This is something we need to do not only in times of crisis, but especially after things get back to normal and people have forgotten to have a Christ-like attitude.

There may not be a natural disaster every week to cause people to unite and be Jesus to those who are hurting, but tragedy and crises do occur year round, even here in our small town. It may be on your block or even in your family.

May we all work toward making a difference for someone in our community today and every day. God bless and have a great week!

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