Love One Another

Love One Another

 

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

                                                                        -I John 4:7-8 KJV

*The Bible tells us to love one another. It tells us over and over to love, as love is of God.

*How would our present world situation, our present political situation change if this were practiced?

*Each of us can carry out this command in our own ways, in our own sphere of influence.

A WAY I PRACTICE LOVE

One way I practice love is by volunteering for short-term mission trips. I have always had a heart and passion for other cultures and people. It’s simply the way I am wired. Chromosome 50, gene 100, if you will!

God has privileged me to visit many peoples and places, and just last month, I enjoyed my sixth, short-term mission trip, this time to Jamaica. Not a sissy trip.

WORK AND MORE WORK

We built three houses and completed a sizable concrete project. We traveled as a group of 42 from my church and under the auspices of Christian Services International, a stellar group with whom to do short-term missions. http://www.csiministries.org

Our four teams rotated between the sites, which meant we worked on all four projects. On day one, we would get the foundation, flooring and usually one wall done on the houses and then, the next day, another team would continue the work. You can see these were small houses, but big to our people.

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Friends and neighbors came to assist, which allowed us to get more work done. Our teens learned how to use hammers, electric saws and drills. They scaled ladders to nail down tin roofs.

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A bucket brigade ferried the wet cement. This was the hardest physical part for me. They would only let me swing buckets of cement for short periods, and then, I carried the empty buckets for refill.

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Our group was comprised mostly of teenagers and their parents, our pastor and wife, and me. Ages ranged from twelve years to yours truly, a young-at-heart, 75 year-old. Lucas and I were the Alpha and Omega of the group.

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We worked in the small, mountainous village of Highgate, Jamaica. Its beautiful sunrises and sunsets were reason enough to cherish the trip. Factor in the appreciative people, including laughing little children, the lively (and long!) church services, our group’s camaraderie, and the dedicated CSI staff, and one has all the elements of a great mission trip.

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I will say being electronically unplugged for a whole week was a new experience for many, and maybe, was not classified as great! No phones, computers, TV, or not even a watch was a bit of withdrawal. Cold showers and no curling irons.  Mostly, toilets in the bush when at the work sites, but we survived. Amazing how little we really need to get along.

I personally felt I was showing God’s love to these beautiful people, just by coming along side them, worshipping with them, coming in solidarity and helping with a much desired and needed project. I also tried to share my story with them and did connect with a young teen who wants to be an author. We planned for email exchange and I so hope this happens.

A short-term mission trip may not be your love language. But, consider how best you show God’s love to others. With some of us it is through art, http://www.cherieburbach.com , our written words http://www.facebook.com/AuthorToniShiloh, our acts of kindness, our quality time spent with people.

We all have our ways, our talents.

 

…but the greatest of these is love.

-I Cor 13:13 NIV

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Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

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  1. Janet K Brown says:

    Good tangible suggestions on how to show love. God is love and shows it through us. Thanks for your ideas.

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  2. Janet, thanks for the stop by! It is a joy to try to grasp how “God is love.” Yep, we are His hands and feet here on earth!

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  3. Thank you for the shout out and Jude…. these suggestions are so wonderful!

    What a beautiful way to remind us about showing the kind of love Christ calls us to show. I loved seeing the pictures from your trip and hearing about all you did. Well done! What a blessing you are in this world, Jude.

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  4. Wow, Jude, this is awesome! I don’t think it would be for me, but I so highly admire anyone who can show their love by embracing a culture so different from ours. You truly have a heart brimming with love, my friend!

    So sorry we couldn’t get together when you were in Colorado. Next time!

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  5. Ahhh, Cherie, thanks. It’s a call to us every day isn’t it to be the hands and feet of Christ and to show his love?

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  6. Some how , some way, I have always had a love of other cultures and people, Patti. God gives us all different gifts doesn’t He? Thanks for the Twitter post and yes, maybe someday in Colorado we shall meet! Hope you are navigating your new journey with God’s help.

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  7. You shared very briefly. The pictures tho are worth a thousand words! It does….speak love….missions.

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  8. Thanks, Laurie, for stopping by. The trip was full of opportunities for us to share God’s love. A wonderful experience.

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