The Love in Us

In recent years, I think a lot of us have become increasingly aware of the world around us. I believe that’s because the world has been coming to us more and more. In years past, we had to step on a plane to encounter a large majority of the cultures in this world, but now we can simply step onto the sidewalk of our own neighborhoods. It’s really a beautiful thing.

It’s not always easy to see things from someone else’s perspective, but I think that is truly how we can become more aware of the world around us. That means actually getting out and talking to people who don’t look or think or act like you! As a mother, I can definitely say that I have not gone certain places when I was uncomfortable, and I’ve used my son as my excuse for not facing those fears. (I believe I read “perfect love drives out fear,” right?!)

Christ was all about unity and love throughout his ministry on earth. First John 4:12 says, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (NIV).

Jesus is no longer walking among us on the earth, but He left us with His teaching and His Holy Spirit to guide us. The love He showed by dying on the cross is in us! We now have the right, privilege, and duty to share that love with everyone else. It’s not easy to step out of your world and into someone else’s, but it is how we share God’s love.

Consider taking that aerobics class you saw in the paper or joining the book club you heard about at the library. There are so many ways for us to connect with the world around us without even having to leave our own hometowns. Remember that no one has seen God, but they can certainly see Him in you.

Allison Turner is the mother to three babies in three different places—in heaven, in her home, and in the womb! A ramen connoisseur who believes music can reach even the darkest soul, Allison is loving serving the community of Blytheville with her husband, Travis.




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