Something Jesus Never Thinks

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50

Some not-so-random reflections:

This weekend I think I missed most of the point of a sermon. The teaching dealt with the last verses of Mark 9 and a bunch of stuff about sin and accountability. But, as so often happens, one simple admonition captured my attention. I don’t think I heard much else.

“Be at peace with one another.”

I’m not very good at that.

Yesterday morning Seth Godin, in his marketing/business blog, offered this nugget:

Instead of outthinking the competition…it’s worth trying to outlove them.

It got me thinking: What would it look like if my primary goal was to outlove my competition? What if I gave up trying to be right, or win, or be first? What if I put all that effort into outloving everyone I encounter?

Last week Don Miller said he used to pray for the right words before he began writing. Lately he said he prays for a loving heart, and finds that the words come easier.

I don’t like to speak for Jesus, but I’m pretty sure He never thinks, “In that situation you loved too much.”

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