Love Not Drama
I was perusing the old Twitter feed a little while ago where the following mini-missive laid hold of more than my eyeballs:
When recommending folks to follow who write about God, I always start with @bobgoff. Because he does love, not drama.
— Jamie Golden (@JamiesRabbits) March 29, 2014
It came after the latest round of mud slinging and name calling between Christians on social media, and no doubt that played a part in why it caught my attention. But it also made me wonder, “Do I have that kind of reputation?” Because in the midst of my busyness and my platform-building and my dream-chasing I can do a lot of naval gazing. I miss opportunities to demonstrate the love, the grace, and the compassion of Jesus because I’m too me-centered. I would rather pontificate on why I’m right and they’re wrong (at least in my head, which distracts as much as putting those words to page or screen). In the process I miss helping the hurting, bringing back the straying, and showing the world a God who isn’t out get them so He can punish and/or control them but so He can save and love them.
It also keeps me from letting God deal with the locked-up and the musty corners of my own heart. After all, I’m so busy looking for a good-sized rock to throw from my glass house I don’t have time to deal with my own garbage.
Add in the fact I don’t recall people being drawn to Jesus during His earthly ministry because He was busy giving everyone a verbal smack-down, and, well … It shows why still today, seeing genuine love in action catches peoples’ attention. It goes against our all-too-natural tendencies.
Love. Not drama. Love: It will help point – and bring – a lot more to the One too often served only in conversation.
It’s just a (not new) thought.