What if I told you life was only lived one day at a time with no guarantee of tomorrow! What would you do?
Forgive the person who annoyed you at work? Or forgive that family member that drives you crazy.
Jesus came to give us life in all its fullness (John 10:10) and I feel that this means we can have life to the full every day! So what does a full life looks like? I guess the answer to this question will be different but for everyone. I would like to think I aim every day to pray for my family and friends as well as those in need, to display a godly character, and love them and accept them as Jesus would.
The Lord also commands us to love our neighbour as ourselves and love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. As a Londoner and a follower of Christ, I see the Olympics as a golden opportunity to serve Christ and also to love our neighbours.
But let’s be frank – it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes people rub us up the wrong way, and know how to push our buttons. But the Lord has shown us how we should deal with this:
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain” Philippians 2:14.
With this verse in mind I want to be a child of God especially in the season of the Olympics. I dare to challenge you to the fact that the Bible is not seasonal at all; in fact, we should always be seeking the Lord, praying for our government/country/families, and loving our neighbours more and more each day.
So in this season of the Olympics and the change it will bring, let’s pray that we can be people who truly love our neighbours from all over the world who come to visit our city.
What practical thing can you do to love your neighbours during the Games?
Dwayne Paisley-Marshall is a front end web developer, amateur cyclist, and a man who makes wearing any style of glasses look effortlessly cool. You can find out more about him and his work at www.superdwayne.co.uk