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Disclaimer: Before you start reading this I want to warn you that this Daily walk entry may challenge you. If you don't want to be challenged you may be in the wrong place. Are you up for a challenge?
I am Canadian, to most people, this means I love hockey, and snow, to some it may even mean I grew up in an igloo. When many think of Canadians, they think of dog sleds. Yes, we say, "eh!" and ouwt (Canadian pronunciation of the word out), yes we are an accepting people. Yes, we say sorry and are known as a polite people. Many of these are just stereotypes. Yes, I love snow and hockey, but I never even saw a real igloo until I learned how to build one in college (Yes they teach that in college). It was a course on winter camping, for an outward pursuits minor I was taking when I got my B.A in Theology. I bring this up to you, as we all stereotypes. This is the sad reality of the world we live in. Is it terrible to stereotype, it can be. However sometimes it a good thing if you agree with it and its right. But if it's wrong, it can be insulting. Do I care if you think all Canadians love hockey? No, not really. But someone who is Canadian and hates hockey may be disturbed by it. The reality is we live in a broken world but does this excuse us from our wrongs? Of course not. The beautiful thing is that one day soon Jesus is coming back to make all things new, and there everyone will be Canadian. Just kidding. But yes things will be made right. Jesus came in the first place to right our wrongs, to show us how to love each other. This is what He was about.
Pray: Today, pray that God will guide you to understand what it means to look at people for who they are, and not for the stereotype that we may want to put on them. Pray that God will help you to look at them as loved children of God. American, Canadian, Syrian, Mexican, Kenyan, French or Russian. Pray for 5 people today that you have been praying will come closer to Christ. Pray for one person that you have a hard time loving.
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 1 John 4:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Journal: Ask God in your journal today how He can help you to be the loving person that He created you to be. Write down a characteristic that you have that may be keeping you from loving someone you know. Ask God to deliver you from this characteristic. Write down Psalm 51:10 in your journal. How does God speak to you through this verse?
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Ryan Hodgins, pastor, coach. Married to a gorgeous wife. Father to three girls. I need this epic walk.
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