Such a sweet pleasure to see that so many friends went to Ryman Little's Chick-fil-A night last night to support Ryman, Brandy and Jeremy!! That's what it's all about folks. Loving well. Our preacher reminded us last week that spiritual transformation doesn't show itself in knowledge. Just because you can spout out a bunch of scripture from memory, or that fact that you can name every book in the bible (in order no less!), or list all the disciples (I always fail that... i try to name Paul in there....)--- all that knowledge will get you nowhere if you don't love well.
I Corinthians 13:13 - "For right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly, and Love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love."
Well, there sure was alot of extravagant love in the Charlotte Ave. Chick-fil-A last night. Made my heart smile. :-)
None of us know how long we have on this earth. And in the grand scheme of things, even the ones who get to live long lives here are really just experiencing a small blip of what is in store for us. My friend Juli sent me this video by Frances Chan. He's one of my favorite speakers, writers, and communicators.... ("Crazy Love", "Forgotten God"... both so good!) In this video, he gives us a little "Rope Perspective":
So there you have it. We are living in that tiny little red section right now. We can't see that big, long white rope in front of us, but it's there alright. And I truly believe that loving well in the red section is the what God wants from us. Love God, Love People. It's pretty simple really. We humans try to complicate it, but God made it simple.
And last night... I saw simple, extravagant love at the Chick-fil-A.
And alot of people getting it right in the red. Beautiful!!