For all people



If you read Sunday’s post, I’m still thinking a lot about it. I really do think that we live in this culture that’s just fascinated with death. We do everything that we can to avoid it, and we want to hear about every instance of it happening. We soak up the stories like bread in water.

I also really believe that Jesus came to offer a way to live, without fear of death. As morbid as it is to discuss, in 100 years, not a single person reading this blog will be walking the earth. Unless you’re under twelve (I’m being generous) or there is an incredible shift in science between now and then. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, but Lazarus eventually died again. So if Jesus didn’t offer us a way to walk this earth forever (I’m not talking spiritual eternity here, that’s another discussion for another day) then I think that he came to offer us a way to live.

Not just to live fearlessly and recklessly, but to live joyfully. Then he so boldly added on, that all people should live joyfully. Abundantly. That all people might live lives that know laughter, dignity, and peace.


Family photo, used by permission


All people.

All.

People.

Not just me. Not just the people who meet in the building on Sundays and listen to someone give a well-prepared speech for an hour.

Not just the ones who don’t do drugs, dance, or drink.

Not just those who remain virgins until marriage, are peace activists, or Republicans.

Not just the people who were born in the United States of America.

Not just the ones who say “the sinner’s prayer”.

Jesus didn’t offer laughter, dignity, and peace, only to those who work for it.

Jesus offered compassion. To all people.

If he really is who people say he is, who he said he is, then I want to live like he did. I want to offer myself in laughter, dignity, peace, and compassion to all people.

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This month, I’d like to host a week of blog posts about compassion. If you would like to contribute, or know of someone who may, please let me know! I’d want to answer the questions: What is compassion? Why is it important? and What does it look like to live a compassionate life?

If you have an idea for a post, contact me this week and we’ll talk about it. I hope we can have a good discussion about living compassionately, whether you’re someone who follows Jesus or not. I think it’s an important topic, and am really looking forward to hearing what you have to say.


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