In SOSE (or history, as I discovered a couple of weeks ago that it's insanely fun to call it that) we watched a movie called The Pianist. It's about the Holocaust in the view of this famous piano player. Let me tell you, I don't know what it would have been like to be alive during that time.
So these Jews had literally nothing. And then this kid was selling lollies for twenty of whatever the currency was called.
"What happens when you have nothing?" asks my teacher. You share everything. An instant response from my heart.
The believers in the New Testament got together, lived together -- and put all their possessions together. There was no, "This is mine, that's yours -- hey, those are my cookies. Those strawberries are yours."
I think that, if we think like this -- if we give everything of ours to God... giving to others won't seem so hard. Maybe?
You know how you copy people? As in, to annoy them so they talk and then you talk, and then they try and trick you and say, "I'm stupid," and then you just raise your eyebrows? Well, my little sister was copying me before. And I totally forgot. I turn around and I'm like, "Wow, you're still there. You're copying me."
We all look up to people, right? We admire them, respect them, are inspired by them. I remember year five me who loved Hannah Montana. Me and my best friend were the ultimate Miley fans. When she painted her nails black, bam, we had black nail polish. Remember that peace-sign phase Miley went through? Oh, there we were. Every.Single. Photo. "PEACE!"
I still do that.
But we have to watch what we do, what we say. Are your words going to encourage someone or discourage them? Don't freak out if you mess up. Jesus died so that we wouldn't have to -- ask Him to forgive you.
Pray that we'll be able to live by trusting Him. And before you do something, just think for a moment. Is this going to make me more like Jesus? Allow God to glorify Himself.
Let's live, let's love... Let God.