In the book of Micah we are commanded to ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’. In Galatians Paul recalls being encouraged by the other apostles to ‘remember the poor’ as he preached the gospel. His response was to declare that he was most eager to do just that!
These weekly tips are to help us start seeking justice wherever we are. They are small, practical steps that we can all do and that together will make a huge difference. I want to take my personal justice seeking up a level this year and so I am going to try something new each week.
I hope you will join me.
Act Justly Now- Habit 6: It’s Lent!
Last week I decided to notice the people around me that I don’t usually notice and try to make a connection with them. So I started conversations with people at checkouts and in restaurants and in shops. Two things happened. First, when you are trying to notice who is around you it draws you into the present. You cannot be daydreaming, fantasising and worrying about other stuff if you are trying to notice. Greg Boyd has written a great book about this Present Perfect. Secondly initiating a relationship- even a simple conversation- transforms what would otherwise be a very transactional event. People become people when they are treated as human. Lots of fun.
What am I going to do this week?
Well I was so busy last week that I forget pancake day- and rather more importantly forgot that it was lent! I have never been a big one for the church calendar but have always liked the idea that there is a period of the year when we limit our own comfort and indulgence to re-set our walk wth God and love of others. So this week I am starting Lent- a week late!
How am I going to do this?
The team at Soul Action have come up with a great lent idea. As well as giving something up that we love, lets take up something to love others. There is a list of ideas here or you can get a daily twitter suggestion from @soulactionuk and join the adventure on #LentAOK
Jesus was asked a question about how to please God he said that the whole law and prophets were summed up in two things. First love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul. Second, love your neighbour as you love yourself. Loving God without loving other people doesn’t make sense. There is no private relationship with God that excludes service to others and can be called Christian. As Jim Wallis has said: faith is always personal but never private. This lent, lets renew our vows to God and to each other.
Will you join me?
It would be great to have friends for the journey and so if you start doing this then do let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You can find all the habits under ‘Act Justly Now’