Monday, December 7, 2015

Following Jesus

Of all the gifts God has bestowed on me, Jesus is the most important one.  God sent Jesus to show us how to live. If I am a follower of Jesus I want to use his life as an example for mine.
Jesus showed us how to love all, serve all, and welcome all. Feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, caring for those who are ill, spreading kindness to all are some of Jesus’ teachings that I should be trying to emulate.  However it is easy for me to forget these things during everyday living. I know I am not doing a very good job of doing these things but I try. Some of the issues that I am most concerned about are environmentalism, homelessness, immigration and peace making. I am becoming aware that peace making may be the most important as it probably covers all the other issues. I am not yet an activist on any of these issues. I spend time reading and talking about them, I sign petitions occasionally (for whatever good that does) and I pray that I will become more outgoing and really get actively involved.
For the past several years my mantra has been “Be still and know that I am God,” ps. 46:10. This verse quiets me and helps me focus on a loving God who wants us to help bring God’s kingdom to earth. Jesus is our example of how we can work toward this.

God, help me to follow the example of Jesus so I may be a blessing to others in my life.  
Gail Johnson