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It’s Not About Me

It’s not about me, or you, or even us…it’s always about Him!

As you travel this summer, on vacation, family reunions, short trips…wherever you go,

remember those people in the service industry whom will be serving you. Hotels,

refueling stops, restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores…where ever you encounter

someone who is ‘at your service’, be kind and hospitable. Treating others with grace,

mercy, and love is the undeniable mark of a genuine follower of Jesus.

We never know the family situation of those who serve us. We don’t know their

financial, health, mental challenges. We know nothing of their experiences, their

tragedies, their personal baggage (we ALL have baggage). We didn’t meet the horrible

customer who vomited vitriolic hate in volume on them. We have no clue about working

conditions. We are in the dark, completely.

In fact, if we are determining who is valuable by our sole judgement, we have erred in a

catastrophic way. Assumption of omniscience is common, but still abysmal in approach.

Laughable and deplorable at the same time. Did Jesus instruct us to ‘love our

neighbor’? Oh, and don’t forget the ‘love your enemy’ command also! If so, then how do

we ‘love’ our servers (or anyone) without kindness, compassion, grace, and mercy?

Right, we don’t. Absence of the fruit of the Spirit, indicates absence of the Spirit Himself.

“Be the Light in your corner of the World” is a common encouragement you often hear

me use. I believe it to be both biblically sound and theologically correct. I believe it to be

a compendium of who we are supposed to be as genuine followers of Jesus. I see it as

a powerful witness and testimony of our allegiance to our LORD. Seeing others as

Jesus does, allows us to love them as He does. We spend less time assessing others,

and more time in being ‘light and salt’.

“What about if you have a server who is mean, horrible, terrible….the list goes on?

Hmmm, let’s see. Did Jesus tell us only to love those who were worth loving? Or those

who treated us as we wished to be treated? To be kind only to those who are kind to

us? If we are looking for an excuse to be plain human and not a sold out follower of

Jesus, any excuse will do.

You and I may be the only light of kindness in a person’s life for the day. Common

manners (yes, I understand, manners are considered boorish, antique bygones of a

past era), can make a person’s day. Smiles, responding in a kind and considerate

manner, saying thank you…all ways of showing someone love.

If I make everything about me, then it will not be about Him. So, if it’s not Him I worship,

then it’s me. Bad choice when I choose me.

As always, it’s your choice. Choose wisely.

Peace, roy


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Roy Johnson

Senior Pastor

Through the Eyes of Jesus

I love to see people who love others like Jesus did. Didn't matter where you came from, how long you've been gone, how much baggage you carried, or how much help you needed.  Jesus loved and loves you. He viewed everyone he met as a future, if not already a follower.

I believe Jesus had an affectionate smile, immediately inviting you into a conversation with someone who would really listen. Someone who cared with the kind of rare empathy which transcended normal humanity. People who met Jesus were profoundly impacted.

Jesus had a passion for the forgotten, the folks who no one else wanted. The people who would make most 'religious' people nervous and uncomfortable. His compassion wasn't a social position. it was a deep conviction people mattered. Jesus was going to love you, it is who he was and is.

If you come from a difficult and troubled past, you were welcomed to join him.  He didn't spend timne focused on the past, but today and tomorrow. He saw the present in light of the future. He wasn't surprised by people's shattered lives. But He didn't look the other way either.

This is who Jesus was, and is.  This is who I want to be.

As always, it's your choice. Choose wisely.

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