How we see things is a matter of perspective, and we are each limited by the experiences our lives have brought us. We simply cannot be truly objective.
But our Maker sees it all, knows every experience, and sees us - each one - with absolute clarity.
The result is love and acceptance. Open yourself now to be seen clearly, and to be loved.
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
With our baptism, God gives us each gifts, including gifts of leadership. But we are called to be servant leaders, not thinking of ourselves more highly than others.
Servant leaders do what God would have each one of us to do in relation to people around us. We look to the example of Jesus who served, healed, fed, and welcomed those in need.
Jesus did not use his power or position to gain advantages for himself. Instead, Jesus used those gifts to show God’s love and care for all creation.
Jesus calls us to go out of our way for one another for the common good. Our place in the sight of God is to bear each other's burdens and welcome everyone to the table.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)
There is a place for you,
A place where you are always safe.
It is found wherever you are,
Always within sight of the God
Who loves you,
Cares for you,
Seeks the very best for you,
And watches you
All the way home.