for you do not regard people with partiality… Though we don’t always know what it is nor are we always able to see it in one another, each of us is given a gift. We live according to our experiences and prayerfully, hopefully we learn from our joy and our pain. With our head and heart to the sky we seek to find our own rising star. Once we’ve found it and we begin to live according to God’s impartial love, one person’s success is everyone’s benefit. From the African Bantu dialect (Nguni from South Africa) it’s called Ubuntu – I am because you are. Together we celebrate. Together we cry. Together we rebuild. Together we love, for none of us is born hating one another. None of us is born to compete for God’s attention.
“Why are you putting me to the test?…Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark12:13-27 I like shoes! Recently, I purchased a pair of which the color and style were exactly what I had been looking for. I’d finally gotten the first opportunity to wear my new shoes and by the end of the day as I was preparing to spend my usual evening time with God I chose not to change into my slippers as I was accustomed to do. After about two and a half hours I succumbed to the realization that more of my attention was on my new shoes rather than God. I had been sneaking peeks at them as I tried to study the scripture! So I got up and readied myself for bed and that’s when I was reminded that those things that we think are necessary in this life are of no use to God! More importantly, along with our praise, worship, and thanksgiving, when we set aside time to study his Word our full attention belongs to God as well.