This video gave me chills. As far as music goes, I love how incredibly raw and honest the song and the video are. I love that Rihanna did a video like this after everything she went through with Chris Brown. And I love that in Eminem’s comeback he is able to be realistic and honest without hating on everybody. As far as life goes, It breaks my heart to know that there are real people in similiar situations every day. In abusive relationships, struggling with anger, explosive personalities, wanting so desperately to love and be loved but not knowing how to live it.
While I personally have never struggled in this way, I know people that have. And so far, the only long lasting remedy I’ve seen in Jesus. Luckily, he does his best work when you’ve hit rock bottom, face down on the ground, burning in the consequences of sin. He doesn’t require a church building, a priest, a pastor or perfection. Just an open heart.
My new favorite song is “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” by MercyMe. Take a listen. I’ve included the lyrics below the video.
He wakes up every day the same
Believing he’s gonna make a change
Never wonders “if” but “when”
I guarantee he can find a way
To reach out and make somebody’s day
‘Cause someone took the time with him
He believes it’s the little things
That make a great big change
Hey Mr. Lovewell
Doing today what you do every day
No matter how small believing it’s all the same
Come on, Mr. Lovewell
Oh we could use a few more just like you
Who care enough to give this life away
‘Cause you’ve been changed
The generous Mr. Lovewell loves today
It may be a simple, “How do you do?”
The king of thing that can pull them through
A minute or two can mean so much
Or maybe it’s the one across the street
He’s asking if there’s anything they need
‘Cause they will know us by our love
It may not mean that much to him
But it’s the world to them
We all need more Mr. Lovewells
My favorite line in the song is “Never wonders ‘if’ but ‘when.'” How different would life be if we approached everyday knowing that we were going to help people and just wondering how and when that would happen. What if instead of just praying for opportunities to serve we started looking for them? What if we lifted our heads from our cell phones and computers for 5 minutes and look around to see who needed us?
So how are you going to “lovewell” this week? Little things matter just as much as small things. Taking a meal to a sick friend is just as important building a house in Mexico. Smiling at someone can open the door to sharing the gospel. Being polite is just as important volunteering at a soup kitchen. Showing God’s love is just as important as sharing it. I challenge you to think of 7 “lovewell” acts to do this week, one for each day. Tell me your plans and then tell me how it went. Here is my plan
- Write an encouraging note to a friend
- Tip a cashier and tell him or her “good job.”
- Give out three compliments to strangers or people I don’t talk to that often
- Tell someone thank you for something they did for me
- Smile at everyone
- Open the door for people
- Offer to help carry something heavy
I’ll report back next week!
I’m very serious about finding a new job before summer hits. One thing that God has been telling me repeatedly, usually through sunday sermons, is that I must seek His will first. My goal cannot simply be to find a new job, it must be to find the job that He wants me to have. So I should be praying just as much, actually even more, than I am filling out resumes and applications. I decided that I was going to dedicate one day a week to fasting and praying specifically for a new job. My first day was last week and, I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it all day. I made it to 4:30pm. But for someone who has never fasted before, and who is very much in love with food, I thought that was a pretty good start. I’ll get to a full day eventually. Anyways my prayer time that day was very interesting. Not gonna lie, I was secretly hoping God would reveal my dream job to me on day one. But He didn’t. Instead, he told me that I need to be a better steward of the job I already have.
This struck me as odd at first. I thought I was being a great steward of that job. I show up on time, I do what my bosses tell me, I rarely call in sick. I consider myself a pretty darn good employee. But further prayer and introspection showed me that I’m not doing anything to build relationships there. I’m not mean to people, but I’m not really friendly either. I just go in, do my job,and leave. At my company, culture and community mean alot and I’m starting to realize that alot of people think I don’t like them because I don’t talk to them. That’s not the case at all. There are lots of reasons why I don’t talk alot at work, which I won’t get into right now, but its never because I don’t like people. It has become very clear to me that I need to make a bigger effort to get to know people. Even just little things like saying hi to individuals at the beginning of a shift, asking someone how his weekend was or complimenting a girl on her new hair cut. It’s not like I need to change my personality over night and become this super out going yappity yap girl. I just need to make an effort.
I always thought I was working at In N Out again just to make a paycheck. But maybe God actually has a purpose for putting me there. Maybe there is someone He wants me to reach out too, to love, to help. I’ll never know if I don’t lift my head up every once in a while and say “hello.” So while I am definately still going to look for a new job, I’m going to try to have a better attitude about the one I have and maybe make a bit of a difference in someone’s life before I leave.