The best part of my day is when I walk in the door. These days it is usually the littlest guy that lights up and yells “Dad!” and runs over to give me a hug or be picked up. Each of my kids have done that, but now that they are older some of the mystic has rubbed off. At times I will get various forms of acknowledgment. But the underlying affection is there in each of them. While at times we may not like each other or our actions, we will still love one another.
So is our relationship with God, while our actions would not be liked, we are still loved… unconditionally. That is hard to fathom, that I am loved without any conditions. Many of us do not have relationships that come without strings. Whether it is parents that love us, as long as we please them. Or friends that love us as long as they are pleased with our actions. I have close friends that long to have a relationship based upon love that has no strings.
Here is the good news, God love toward us has no stings. You are loved unconditionally in spite of what you have done in your past. Love that is greater than we can hope or imagine.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”- Mark 12:30-31, NIV
There is an episode of Friends that discusses selfless good deeds. Joey says that it does not exist because we all feel good about what we do. Phoebe for the remainder of the episode attempts to do a good deed without feeling good about it. Many times we do good deeds and we blow ourselves up with pride over it. We gloat to our friends how we helped others and we get patted on the back. Or you have others that do service for others and take a number of staged pictures to put in on facebook or your newsletter.
Balancing publicity, pride, and all the other human emotions is a difficult one. This morning I had the opportunity to be a driver for our Presbytery as they provided Christmas gifts to 25 families that were and continue to be affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our Presbytery church family stepped up to help these families. It took three vans and a trailer to bring the numerous amount of gifts to the school.
It does feel good to be able to help others or have the ability to do it. There were no shameless pictures of our group. We simply went in and left. We did not even see the families that will be recieving the gift. It had nothing to do with ME or making ME feel good. I mearly had the opportunity to be part of the extension of God to those families. We are called to love, and take care of each other. It may sound cheesy but our faith is reflected in how we care for those in need.
This was all about a selfless good deed… it had nothing to do with ME but everything to do with an expression of God’s love to those that need it.