Thursday Quote Day: Lyla van der Gelder

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from a character from the movie Fishes N Loaves: Heaven Sent:

“We never know how long someone’s going to be in our lives, so we welcome them as though it’s going to be forever.” (Lyla van der Gelder Fishes N Loaves: Heaven Sent)

Sunday Devotional: John 15:12-17

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:12-17

One of the best things in the world is to have a good friend.  One that is there with you through thick and thin.  One that you can rely on and trust.  One that cares about you and your well being and wants the best for you.

It is such a blessing to know that as a follower of Jesus, not only is He our Lord and Savior, He is also our friend.  He tells His disciples in John 15 about how much they should love one another and what that entails.  Jesus wasn’t one to just say and not do.  He also showed His love and what that meant giving of His life.  He embodied what it meant to lay down His life.  He did this so that we could have a restored relationship.  He did this so that we could call Him friend.

This week, let us live in the love that Christ has given to us.  Let us share that love with others.  And let us remember the true friendship we have with Jesus as followers of Him.

Building Bridges or Building Walls

We all have opportunities to build bridges or to build walls.  I don’t necessarily mean literally building bridges or building walls though they do make good metaphors.  The relationships we have with those around us are to be cultivated.  It isn’t something that one just has.  It takes work and effort to develop and maintain friendships and relationships.

It is hard work to build bridges.  It takes a lot of effort and dilligence to lay brick by brick the foundation for building bridges.  And the thing with friendships and relationships is that it can’t be a one way street.  It has to work both ways.  Unfortunately, sometimes the other person may build a wall up instead of build a bridge.  They may hurt you with their words and actions.  This in turn will may you want to build a wall instead of a bridge not just to the one who built a wall up to you but to those who are building bridges as well.

I know I’ve built my fair share of bridges and I’ve built my fair share of walls.  It’s hard to build bridges and it’s hard to maintain bridges, especially when people build up walls.  It’s very hard to tear down walls and build a bridge instead.  But that’s where Jesus comes into the picture.  He gives us the strength to build those bridges and He can tear down the walls that we build up.  We may think those walls protect us but in reality they just shut us out from everything and do more damage to ourselves and others than good.

The older I get, the more I understand this.  We all have bricks and we all have a choice.  We can either use those bricks to build bridges or build walls.  I can’t control how others will use their bricks.  But I can control what I do with mine.  And even if someone builds a wall to me, that doesn’t mean I should turn around and build a wall as well.  I need to keep building bridges.

I want to show Christ’s love and build bridges instead of walls and I hope that you will do the same too.