June 13, 2016

Moving Forward

By: Loren Mitchell [Roanoke, VA]

I recently officiated at a wedding. The groom and I had attended the same church and high school, and I was honored to be the minister at his wedding ceremony.

I told the congregation my memories of his constant kindness. When I was a freshman, he was a senior; yet, he always greeted me when passing in the hall. Other people from his class were at the wedding, and I was surprised they remembered me after such a long time. We laughed because as teenagers we never thought that we would reconnect.

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Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the Prophets. 
Matthew 7:12 (GNT)


The way we treat other people matters. We never know where we might be years down the road, and we certainly cannot turn back time and change our behavior if we were cruel or unkind. Before becoming a Christian, Paul persecuted Christians (Acts 9). He couldn’t change his past, but he could behave differently moving forward. If you are not treating other people the way you want to be treated, it isn’t too late to change. How do you want to be remembered years from now?


PRAYER: Loving God, we cannot travel through time to change our behavior. Forgive us for being judgmental or unkind, and help us to love one another. Amen.

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Prayer

Loving God, we cannot travel through time to change our behavior. Forgive us for being judgmental or unkind, and help us to love one another. Amen.

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