Starving for love


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.

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3 Responses to Starving for love

  1. Sandie says:

    Growing up outside New York City, I was a ‘street kid.’ Ready to answer an insult with insult, or even a well-placed fist. Years later, I accepted Jesus as Savior, but not yet Lord, so I was still covered in ‘rough edges’ to put it mildly. Then as I began to understand His Lordship, we attended a strait-laced evangelical church and became part of the worship team. To become a ‘better’ Christian, I began to copy those I felt embodied that concept and tried to bury that ‘street kid’ forever (see Pharisee). God had different plans for that part of my life experience. True, there was a lot of ‘rough’ that had to go, particularly language. You know what stripped away that pretense? Working with teens in the discipline arena. I, and they, needed every bit of my early life. Because of my ‘street’ knowledge, I spoke their language and to their experience. Because of that, I, and many others are alive and still able to speak in complete sentences! Truly a case of how God uses everything – that your whole life has meaning, not just the part since you’ve been saved – and redeems everything, to bring glory to Himself and blessings to us and those in our lives. (Romans 8:28)

  2. Mark D Seguin says:

    Luv Today’s Catch! ❤

  3. Peter Leenheer says:

    Thank you for today’s catch. I think it has been said that familiarity breeds contempt. However that usually happens when those familiar are judgmental, critical and as a result tell you what to do. “So trust God to love through you and he will”, was your statement that hit me.
    The last five years we have done that. We keep our thoughts to ourselves, unless asked ( that seldom happens, actually closer to never than seldom). We make encouraging remarks, help out when ever we can and tell them we love them often. This is how we trust God to love through us. Believe me it has taken some time but things are changing because we changed.
    God has a plan for everyone’s life, and is usually not the plan that a relative thinks you should have.

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