It’s amazing the lessons God can teach you through the most unlikely sources. The other day I was sitting out in my driveway and observing my son interacting with some of the other neighborhood boys. He begged and pleaded with me to set up his little camping tent for him and his buddies in the driveway so I finally gave in. Immediately Josh invited the other 2 boys into this really tiny little tent pitched in the driveway where they sat inside baking in the hot Texas sun. One of the boys complained about the heat so Joshua quickly gave me a supply list from inside so that he could build some paper fans to cool themselves off. I brought him his materials and he began building fans, decorating them and writing each boys name on them. He also was taking the time to teach the other boys how to build the fans. After their time in the tent they retreated to the cooler indoors and Joshua realized the boys were thirsty so he quickly raided the refrigerator and got them all capri suns.
As I was observing this scene I was challenged by Joshua’s hospitality and concern for the other two boys throughout that day. I was convicted that I can easily coast through my day and just look out for me and not give much thought to the other people around me. In Joshua’s play time he was practicing how to care for others which is what we as Christ’s followers are called to do in life. At camp Kanakuk they call that the ‘I’m Third’ lifestyle where you live for God first, others second and yourself third. It goes back to Jesus’ summary of the law, ’ “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[Matthew 22]
‘Lord, help me to throw my best thoughts, words and actions into meeting the needs of others today and truly loving them just like I love myself.’