Well, I was going to update you all on my (attempted) bike ride around the Galilee, but there are things from this weekend that have given me a lot to dwell on. I hope this all makes sense.
First, I start with a confession that I tried to pressure a friend into joining us on the trip. She couldn’t go because of a Hebrew class that she needed to attend in order to pass the final. I offered to pay for the lessons should she come along with us and then end up failing. What I was attempting to do was talk someone into having a good time, what I ended up doing was offering a conditional blessing; you do what I do whaen I say to, and this blessing is yours.
The second thing comes from a boatride across the Galilee. My traveling partner asked if it was free to see an ancient boat, the response he got was, “the only thing that’s free is death.”
That brings me to my current learning experience. We, as people have so much to offer each other for free: Friendship, a kind word, etc. However, we tend to rape and pilage eache other’s emotions for personal gain, causing us each to be a little more hesitant to give of ourselves. We, as followers of Messiah, should be looking to what benefit we can provide to others, not ourselves. Had Jesus gone the selfish route, not only would he have never died, but he probably would’ve never taken on a human form to begin with!
Sacrifice isn’t easy, but it is worthwhile. When you look beyond your situation, the riches you will find measure far beyond what you’ll gain just looking out for yourself.
I close with some verses (Lam 9-12):
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but (M)how can one be warm alone?
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Always ask, am I laying down to keep myself warm, or to warm another?