Loving People Like Jesus

Hello there!

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. My priorities have been to focus on my upgrades for college and now that those are done it’s a waiting process to get my marks back. Since that’s done I’m hoping to be able to put a bit more of a priority on my blogging and novel writing. But today I’m gonna work on writing up some posts and finishing up ones I started so today my friend Cori has written another guest post so I’ll let her share what she’s written.

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Growing up I learned that people are not always the easiest to love all the time. I was taught that you have to love everyone, even if you don’t like them.

One of the most important commandments is to love your neighbors as yourself. God said that himself. Treat others the way you would want to be treated is something my youth pastor would say often. Although not always the easiest route, it is the way that Jesus lived himself.

Jesus hung out with people that you wouldn’t really expect. He made friends with the liars and cheats. The outcasts. The people nobody wanted to be. I think He did this to set an example for us today. He didn’t have to love on those people. But he chose to show them the love and respect every person needs.

Now that doesn’t mean that Jesus took crap from people either. He would correct them when they were wrong, in a very polite yet clever way most of the time.

Don’t think I’m telling you to hang around a murderer and be best friends with them. But I am telling you to love that person no matter the sins they struggle with because, in the end, his sin is the same as mine. Even if mine seems minuscule in comparison God sees all sin as the same.

When I was in grade school the teachers would always pair the new kids or the weird kids with me because In my house you treated everybody the way you would want to be treated, therefor I was always the nice one in class, even when I didn’t want to be I was paired with them. Now I was a very shy kid. It was pretty hard for me to do this. But I felt the call that God put on my life to follow him at a young age and I knew it was the right thing to do.

There was this one kid who nobody got along with. I’m not gonna share her name but she was a nice kid. Just a bit strange. Once one of my friends asked me why I hung out with her so much. I simply told them that she deserved to have friends too. At the end of the school year, we went our separate ways but her mom came up to me and thanked me for being so nice to this girl. She was a bit hyper and talked A LOT but I did enjoy her company and learned to love her very much.

I wish more kids would give each other a chance rather than judging a book by its cover. It’s so hard for me to see all the bullying and abuse that goes on In schools these days. It’s sad.

I learned pretty young that it’s honestly so rewarding and worth getting to know a person no matter how much they annoy you.

Now I know we aren’t all in grade school here. That was just one example. I have another. Take homeless people for example. I have worked and served homeless people for as long as I can remember. But some people won’t even look in their direction. Some Christians don’t even see them as people.

I’ll never forget the day that I went up to a homeless man and gave him some food and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He said nobody would even look at him that day. He searches in his bag for a ring he had made and he gave it to me saying that he wishes there were more people like me in this world.

I’ve given people on the streets Christmas presents that haven’t gotten anything for 25 years and they’ve broken down and asked me to watch them open it. It wasn’t much just some essentials and little things and a book but he was so thankful for his gift. He said that maybe there really is a God that loved him all because I treated him like a normal person for a few minutes.

I love these experiences. Ones with people who think they don’t even deserve it anymore. Broken people. I see them as a beautiful creation of God and it’s almost magical seeing these moments.

If people could just open their eyes and see them as people in a bad circumstance the world would be a much more beautiful place. But let’s move on to another example.

Now we’ve all had that one neighbor that everybody hates right? I have anyways. Those people are one of the hardest to love. Just the meanest most annoying people you’ve ever met right? Well God calls us to love even them. I know crazy right?! Well, I know for a fact that Jesus would have gone up to that guy and said: “I love you no matter what the sin you are struggling with.” So we are called to do the same. That’s not always the easy thing to do but sometimes the hard choice is the best choice.

So many times in the Bible the Pharisees would scold Jesus for hanging out with “that guy” like why would a guy like you hang out with a guy like them? Love, that’s the answer. Unconditional unfailing love.

I know these words aren’t really something easy to read but it’s very important. So next time you just can’t stand someone, pray for them. It not only changes them but it changes your heart towards them. I’m not saying you have to like them, but you must love them.

“Lord help me to love like you do. Help me to love my enemy’s and pray for them. Help me to go up to the weird kid and be their friend. I thank you for your love and grace on us. We don’t deserve it but you made us deserve it by dying on the cross for us. Help me to spread love through out the world and shine your light through me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen”

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Why You Should Join a Local Writing Group…RIGHT NOW

Hey look!

I’m still alive!

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Its been SO long since I’ve blogged and for that I apologize greatly.

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*weeps* I’m sorrryyyyyyyy. Please don’t hate me.

Life has been a little bit crazy lately but along with that craziness some things have been pushed to the back burner so I could make more room for blogging.

Lucky for you all, you’re gonna get two posts today! (or maybe one tomorrow but I PROMISE if not today then tomorrow) The reason being I do NOT wanna spend this whole post catching you all up on whats been going on in my life lately (because I’m gonna start doing more posts about my boring old life that sometimes has some interesting crap happen) so with that said.

ON WITH THE POST!!

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As a some of you may or may not know, before Christmas I was really struggling with my writing and on the verge of quitting it altogether as I felt like my support from people was getting less and less and doing it all alone was extremely difficult for me. I was on the verge of giving up on writing (except for blogging) entirely when I was received a message from a wonderful woman named Katie. (who also looks like Peggy Carter…Just sayin)

This was went down: “Adriana! I am curious to know if you ended up receiving that Writers Guild brochure that I left with Kristy! I am also wondering if you’re interested in joining the Guild for our first meeting come January 28th. If you’re curious to know more about the Guild feel free to message me and I’ll give you the 411. God Bless <3”

 

Of course I responded right away. Why I did, I don’t understand because I was on the verge of being absolutely done with my writing on a whole. Maybe part of me was wondering if this would be the support I needed? I still don’t really know. But I responded saying I was extremely interested and this was the response I received:

So, we’ll be meeting once a month as a group that is wanting to advance in or writing skills and in our connections with other writers. The meeting will last no longer than two hours and will include the following: prayer, meet and greet, workshop/critique circles/or skill building exercises (it will be one of the four for 60 min), announcements and promotions (15-20 min). Then we close with prayer! The format of the evening will differ based on the content our group needs/wants. 🙂 I actually have a membership I am giving away for free. If you would like to have it I will give it to you.

At this point I had never actually met Katie, only just heard about her from my Aunt (and thats how Katie knew I existed as well haha) So I was so surprised that not only had I never met this woman but she wanted to give me a free membership to join The Writers Guild and the local ‘Chapter’ (instead of calling it a group) for Lethbridge.

So fast forward to a little bit later (January 28th was the first meeting) and I pulled up to the restaurant we were meeting at that night and marched in there, notebook in hand and very unsure of what to expect. I didn’t know anyone going and so I was anxious to walk in there as it appeared a lot of these people knew each other already…and I was right. I walked in to be greeted with a hug from Katie and there were a few others in the room.

I was kinda the newbie as I had never met anyone in this room before so I sat down at the table and kinda slowly eased myself into the conversation. After we all ordered dinner we all got the run down of what meetings were gonna look like and what the Word Guild was all about. And the more I was told about it the more excited I was that I was now a part of this group.

I will say that when it came to sharing about our books and writing and stuff I sounded a little stupid. Cause the attention of 10 other people was on me and I kept stumbling over my words, probably spoke way too fast (as I do when nervous, excited, or uncomfortable) and I could just feel the heat rising from my neck to my face…

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So that was embarrassing…

BUT despite my wanting to curl up in a ball and die after that, I got to hear about other peoples novels AND I felt so much encouragement myself. One of the ladies in the group who is also a published author (Holly C. Wyse. Look her up 😉 She’s great.) offered to help me fix up my novel Holding on To Grace so then I can try again with querying. Which got me SUPER excited.

I could probably go on forever about how amazing that meeting was but I’ll keep it short. This writers group is literally everything I’ve been looking for.  Here are the reasons you should join a local writing group. (Or start one if one doesn’t exist in your area.)

 

1. OTHER WRITERS!

This is an AWESOME opportunity to meet other writers and just spend time talking about what you love.

2. You Can Find Inspiration

Hearing about other peoples stories and writing journeys is something that is super inspiring and encouraging to me. Sometimes I just need to know that where I’m at in my writing, someone else is or was and got past it.

 

3. You Can Learn More About the Writing/Publishing World

In a writing group a lot of people are in a lot of different parts of the writing and publishing process. So its a great way to learn about those next steps you might be taking OR to encourage others and let them know that they will reach their goal soon.

 

4. SUPPORT AND BRAINSTORM BUDDIES

You get the support you need or are looking for and you can give it to others! and also, lots and lots of brainstorming buddies. Like seriously its the best!

 

5. Fun Times

Because how can you NOT have fun with something like this? You are hanging out with other writers, writing with other writers and TALKING about writing with other writers. You just can’t lose!

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Until Next Time!

Adriana G.