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Outwit, Outplay, Outlast

 

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Matthew 22

Russell Hantz. A mean, controlling, man, some think. And, where did we meet him? On the reality show “Survivor.”  Since the object of the game is to outplay, outwit, and outlast all your opponents, Russell might be seen as one of the show’s greatest players. He lied and manipulated others to do things to move him closer to the million dollar prize.
Survivor–outwit, outplay, outlast. that’s what you do in the survivor community. But that’s not what Jesus says is important. He says the two most important commandments are to love God…and love your neighbors as yourself. That’s not so easy, is it. We might not even know the names of our neighbors, much less love them. But Jesus expects us to live in a community that’s vastly different from “Survivor.”
Today as you walk out your front door and see your neighbor, think about what it might look like to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And consider how much better your community might be if we all did so.


Pretty In Pink


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Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.  Matthew 7

Recently a sixth grade honor student was in the news spotlight. She was suspended from attending school. What did she do? She came to school with pink hair. She had violated the school’s rule against “unnatural and ‘excessive’ hair color.” The school allows only “natural color, brown, blond, black, natural red/auburn.” The purpose of the rule was that allowing any color hair would cause a disruption. Why did the girl dye her hair? Her father allowed it as an incentive for improving her grades. So what’s fair here? Our world is full of situations like this one. 

Being fair is seeing a situation from the viewpoint of each person involved. Neither person is favored, fairness seeks the best, just, and most equitable solution. Jesus was into fairness. That’s why he said for you to think about what you would want done to you before deciding what to do to the other person. He was thinking about those times when, if you did the fair thing, you might not get your way. Or, you might even get hurt. 

Being fair is not always easy. It means thinking about others as well as ourselves. By the way, the sixth grade student was allowed to go back to school…with her pink hair.

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