are you a picky eater?

 I know that I’m a bit of a strange bird: I go to weird places and enjoy the experience, I do some crazy things and think about it later, I find it to be alot of fun to try new and unusual sports, etc.  Furthermore, I love to explore culinary adventures.  There’s this bald guy on TV who goes to some really strange places and eats food that is nothing less than thoroughly bizarre – I like watching him because he challenges me to push the envelope with trying new things to eat.  My latest claim to fame is eating a bug off the fender of one of our vehicles in Angola last year (that was on the heels of the bugs I ate with my friends in Cambodia).  ANYWAYS, my point is that my parents raised me to eat and “like” all foods.  When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to say that we didn’t like a certain food.  We always had to try a teaspoon & omit the subsequent critique ,)

So this got me to thinking about how I perceive people.  If I can enjoy such a wide array of food options, why not let God develop a love in me for a wide array of people.   Today, I felt that God challenged me to be less picky and finicky about people and to love them with less criticisms and pre-requisites.  Perhaps you’re really good at loving a wide variety of people – please pray for me that I would continue to get better at loving people and being less picky.  thanks muchos 🙂

loving people

There’s lots to be said on the topic of loving people: we should love people, sometimes its hard to be loving, love isn’t merely a feeling, love is generous, there are many ways to express love, etc. 

I used to think that it was necessary for me to first experience God’s love before I could love people.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about this idea in a different way.  In my better moments, I know that God loves me & of course this helps me to love people.  However, in those times when I’m not sensing God’s love to me, its important to love people – even when it takes some faith & extra grit to be loving.  Indeed, the Bible says that faith works by love.  Faith & love are inter-connected.  So here’s something that I’ve been experiencing:  when I’m genuinely loving, I experience God’s love.  Perhaps the resolution of my deficiency of love starts with me being loving & giving love 🙂

Here’s a teaching I did recently on loving people: