Last Thursday my ladies group finished an 8 part series by Andy Stanley called Christian, http://northpoint.org/messages/christian. All of his series’ are good but what was great about this series was it gets down to basics. The basics of loving God with all our heart, mind and soul and loving our neighbor as ourselves, Matthew 22:37-39. A lot harder to do than it sounds! This means always, all day and even when you are in a bad mood. This means loving the guy who cuts you off in his car, the kid at school who is a bully and mean to your kid, the person who says something to you that hurts your feelings, and someone who disagrees and argues with you.
You can see how hard it is to love in these situations but that is what we are called to do by God. Here are 3 tips that Stanley gave that will help us to not just understand the concept of unconditional love but to treat people in a way that heals their pain and loves them like Jesus loved. Love requires that we:
1. Don’t do anything that will hurt you
Anything you do that hurts you, will hurt God, your family, and friends. Love requires that any ethical, moral, relational, sexual, or professional decision that you make that hurts you also hurts the people who love you.
2. Don’t do anything that will hurt someone else
Regardless of where you are in your life don’t make a decision or speak to someone in a way that will hurt someone. Because, guess what? Every person you come eye-ball to eye-ball with is someone your heavenly Father sent his son to die for and God loves that person just as much as he loves you. This may involve confrontation and confession. Go ahead and just decide to not hurt, betray, temp, deceive, or hurt another person, ever!
3. Don’t be mastered by anything
If you are mastered by something it could keep you from loving someone. No one should have to compete with your anger, addiction, or temper. Get rid of anything in your life that competes with God.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Perfect Poached Eggs
There are loads of poaching methods. First of all you don’t need vinegar to poach an egg and secondly using a slotted spoon helps to lift egg and any fly away white parts.
5 asparagus spears, cooked to your liking
Bread or bun of choice, light buttered and toasted on top of the stove
1. Boil about 4 cups of water and then turn down heat to a slow boil
2. Crack egg into a small bowl or cup and then slowly add it to the boiling water
3. Cook on a gentle boil for 3-4 minutes for a soft middle
4. Using a slotted spoon take out the egg and any large pieces of white and put onto a paper towel on a cookie sheet or plate. Add salt and a few cracks of black pepper.
5. Put bread on plate, top with asparagus and egg