One of Chandler’s favorite TV programs growing up was “Mythbusters” on Discovery Channel where two former stunt men put to test certain myths, legends and television and movie special effects to see if they hold up in real life. We even attended an event where the Mythbusters stars sat on stage and chatted with the audience. Well in today’s Catch we hear Mother Teresa bust a few myths of her own about poverty.
“Mother Teresa often said that it is far easier to serve or love Jesus in strangers and outcasts than it is to serve him in our own families and communities — easier to give a dish of rice to a poor person on the other side of the world or to a complete stranger than to give that “dish of rice” to someone who is starving for love right under our own roof or in our back yard.”
Why is it so hard to serve God in our own families and give to those under our own roof?
1. Nobody sees it; there is no credit involved.
2. You can’t fool those who are closest to you.
3. Kids are the best hypocrisy guard out there. (Just ask any pastor you know with a family.)
4. Your family knows who you are in the long run. You can be somebody you aren’t for a short period of time, but you can’t keep that up forever. If your public persona is different than your private one, the private one will eventually be made public. It’s part of the law of averages.
Point: We all have to pay attention close to home. Who you are with those who are closest to you is who you are. Is there someone starving for love under your own roof or in your back yard? It’s time to start busting some myths. We follow a gospel that works through us being who we are, not somebody else. So trust God to love through you, and He will. Christ is in you; give yourself and He will show up.