we don't watch tv at home, so whenever we go on vacation, that is one thing we keep running in the background of our timeshare. well, as a family we love to eat and one of our favorite channel is the food network. it is practically our greatest expression of lust when we glue our eyes on all kinds of cuisine, bar-b-que, dessert, exotic food, from kitchen stadium to family treats and more. anything you can think of, they got it. one show caught our attention on a different channel as we were channel surfing during commercials. it's called "the biggest loser." if you know the show, it's a reality tv with teams of contestants competing at weight loss. at first, we were amazed at the amount of weight these people lose over duration of the show, but what really got our attention was the unimaginable emotion they expressed as one of their fellow contestant was being voted off from the show. that blew my mind. where did they get all that passion? it's only a show for us, but its life for them. I know, but shouldn't they know that when they signed up for this thing? wow!! only a few weeks together, they could build such a bond for each other. that made me think about the church. do we care for our fellow brothers and sisters in the same way. do we care if they come and when they go? sadly to say, my assessment is that most of maybe we are not a tv show, but shouldn't we be more real than the reality tv? if we can't do church better than a tv show, i wonder who's the biggest loser?
sometimes when you do good things, you don't get rewarded. sometimes when you love, they won't appreciate it. i've been in too many situation where you try so hard to help someone, but somehow when you do not live up to their expectation they'll spread rumors about you and trash your name. sigh! love hurts. can you call it love, if it never hurt? i think our lord Jesus knew that is was going to hurt coming to love this world. he knew exactly what he was getting himself into, but he came to be hurt. he came for the hurt of rejection, the hurt of abandonment, the hurt of false accusation, the hurt of human indignity and sin.
i'm reminded of the taiwanese culture, where the word for love is the very word for hurt. when they say, "jesus hurt you." they mean to say "Jesus loves you." it's interesting this sort of pain or hurt is a representation of true love and sympathy.
i prayed for someone today at the office. his name was jimmy and he's not yet a believer. i asked if it was okay to lay my hand on him to pray for him and his dying father. in the prayer, i felt his grief and his pain and there was love. i think he felt God's love, because God knew his pain. and somehow that pain got mixed with love and it was okay.
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