Be The Life of The Party

This big “party” of life – where do you fit?  Is your life a constant party or does it tend to exhibit some pretty mundane characteristics?   We might feel as if we lead a pretty ho-hum life style, but through the light and life of Christ, our lives become a party life.  How so?   I believe Christ will bestow on those who believe in the resurrection of the life of Jesus Christ such things as eternal life - a necessity for the biggest and best of parties;  the chance to love and be loved – one of the greatest gifts of all from our Savior Jesus Christ; and compassion for others who need a hand.  From there the list goes on and on, rich or poor, we all have blessings to share and blessings to give.

So in thinking about the big party, we will most certainly want to include our neighbors in any appropriate party we plan.  In Luke 10:29 a lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus then shared a story of a man who was robbed and left beaten along the road side.  Two different people, one of whom was a priest, passed by him, noticed him, but didn’t stop to help.  Then a Samaritan came along, bandaged him up, and helped him to his feet and even paid for lodging at an inn for the man until he was better. The man had no hidden agenda; he was simply offering his assistance to someone who needed it. Jesus explained, the Samaritan was the true neighbor, since he showed mercy on the beaten man.  Later in verse 37, Jesus tells the lawyer, “go and do likewise.”

Earlier this week, I read a quote from Eric Butterworth, who was Senior Minister of The Unity Center in New York City, and author of many successful books.  His quote was this:  “Don’t go through life, grow through life.”  Another quote I found interesting from Mr. Butterworth was “Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things.  Poverty is a way of living and thinking and not just a lack of money or things.”  We need to reach out to others to take them from poverty to prosperity.  I thought his concept of how people perceive themselves was interesting, in that their outlook is not based on money or things, but on how they live their lives.

Dear God, help us see the goodness of your Love and help release those that might be leading a life of poverty into a life of prosperity; life focused on treating others as neighbors and taking care of ourselves and each other.  Please be sure and invite us to your eternal party. Amen

Wendy Saathoff

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