Modern Lesson from: Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
Each of us is surrounded every day by our neighbors. . . They’re everywhere we look. It’s one thing we all have in common: we’re all somebody’s neighbor, and they are ours. This has been God’s simple yet brilliant master plan from the beginning. God made a whole world of neighbors. We call it earth, but God just calls it a really big neighborhood.
A Word of Hope
“Through the Eyes of Love” is the song I used to come down the aisle at our original Holy Union and our legal wedding (in October 24 years apart). It is from an amazing song from one of the most romantic movies ever. It is the 1978 movie “Ice Castles.” I know that is the dark ages to most of you! But it is a wonderful movie. Looking through eyes of Love is a beautiful thing.
The theme song “Through the Eyes of Love ” is a little misleading, because the main character in the movie who is a champion figure skater has an injury that takes her eyesight. She comes back to skating because she learns to see through the eyes of the love of her boyfriend.
Our current sermon series and Small Group study series is based on the book “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff. He insists we learn to love EVERYBODY ALWAYS! He does admit we live in a world full of setbacks and difficult people! But that doesn’t excuse us from being God’s love to those people!
That’s a really HARD thing to do! Some days it’s hard just to love Me!
I am willing to hand out blessing bags with food and new clean socks to those on the street corners. I offer prayers for them to find shelter and whatever is missing in their lives! BUT I don’t think you can call that love, no matter how much you stretch it!
If we could look through God ‘s eyes of love, like the song says, we could see things differently. We could see people differently. But we don’t close our eyes of judgement long enough to really see some of our difficult neighbors looking through God’s eyes!
God of endless loving eyes and heart; thank you for being able to see the goodness in each of us even when we can’t see our own goodness. Thank you for seeing us best and helping us find our better side. Help us work toward loving everybody always.