7.02.2008

Fostering

I have been thinking about something the last few weeks and I just wanted to share.  As believers in Christ, we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself.  We are usually better at the first part of that than the last for some reason.  I believe that loving our neighbor as ourself should have a certain look to it.  It should cause those of the world to wonder why we act that way.  It should also be an overflow of loving the Lord our God with all our heart/soul/strength.  The way we love our neighbor will look different for everyone.  For some, it may be that you buy Christmas gifts for a family that has no money.  It may be that you cut your neighbor's grass because she is a widow and unable to do it herself.  It may be that you befriend someone new to the community or someone that just doesn't seem to fit in and needs a friend.  Loving your neighbor as yourself will cost you something.  That's why Jesus didn't tell us to just love our neighbor...He went a step further and said "as yourself".  For my family, doing foster care is something we do to love our neighbor as ourself.  I've been asked MANY times -- by "good Christian people" the question "Why would you want to do that?"  The answer to that question for us is that it's something that the Lord has laid on our hearts to do.  I can't do it in my own strength and my own power, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

My challenge to you is this; how are you loving your neighbor as yourself?