John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)

While attending the Global Leadership Summit last week, I was moved by many fabulous speakers.  John Maxwell, though, hit the nail on the head for me.  In life, we, as Christ followers, are called to value people.  Maxwell said, “Most people don’t lead their lives, they accept their lives.”   Everything in life is uphill.  We cannot just sit around and wait for things to happen to us.  We must work at it.  Well, that is what Christian life is about.  We must work at it. 

My daughter, Ashley, is 25 years old.  It seems that everything has been a battle for her.  She was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care unit after she was born.  She was in Congestive Heart Failure at 5 months of age.  She failed to thrive and had open heart surgery at 9 months of age.  Somewhere along the way, she was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy.  She had to “learn” how to walk.  It did not come naturally for her.  She had to work for everything.  As a result, even today, Ashley knows that life worth living is about not just letting life happen but by living intentionally with the job to work at it.

One certain way we are told to work at being a Christian is to love one another.  Our Amigos TAG group did exactly that.  They devised a plan: make blankets for children who are sick in the hospital.  They made the blankets with help from the church.  They delivered them to children at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.  61 blankets were made and delivered all because these adults with special needs decided to love children who were sick.   

 

 

Why We Are Called Through The Roof

Mark 2:1-12 tells a story of friends carrying a man who was paralyzed being carried to be healed by Jesus.  When they came to the house where Jesus was, they could not enter in the door because there were so many people.  Instead they went on to the roof, dug a hole and lowered the man down through the roof to Jesus.  I love this story that shows creativity and healing.  It demonstrates that sometimes we need to lead people to Christ.  It teaches us that loving your neighbor is a verb.  It grants accessibility to people who are differently abled.  As a result, Through the Roof has become the name of our ministry for individuals with special needs.  It is a ministry to care for the spiritual needs of people with disabilities.   It is a ministry where God's love reaches beyond the walls of the church into the community.