This is a post on a blog web site about my wife which I thought I would re post it was written by a friend who came to the party from South London
Learning to love from those who set the example
On Saturday I went to a friend’s 60th birthday party. It was quite an event, apart from the fact that it was so creative, fun and flamboyant, what struck me most was how diverse the people were there. Children, older people, young people, people from different cultures and places in society, all gathered to celebrate her birthday.
I think the reason for this is that she really is the coolest 60 year old I know. Why? Because she has spent her life loving people, fostering children, setting up a fostering agency, creating homes for asylum seekers, starting schools and churches in developing countries, hosting countless people in her home, she has made thousands of meals for people, she has created opportunities for people to get housed in London. She is scary generous with her money.
To do these things she has nurtured incredible Jesus qualities. She has an amazing way of accepting people just as they are without passing judgment, she listens, she is excited to see you, she creates time for people whenever they call, she gives away what she has (in fact one of her favourite quote is “give it away, give it away, give it away now” by the red hot chilli peppers!); She has weathered the life’s storms and held on to Jesus steadfastly throughout.
What motivates her? The love of Christ, compassion for the oppressed, and a zealous heart for justice.
She has authentic love for people, and to me is a genuine example of a Jesus follower.
• Who are the older people in your life that inspire you and why?
• Think of ways you can multiply those Jesus qualities in your life
• Consider ways you can bless those people today. Pray for them.