For my 31 days of writing, I am linking up over at Heading Home and over at the Nester. There are several of us that are taking the 31 day writing challenge. Kate has suggested that we spend 31 days of Five minute writing. You can use the prompts or write about anything you would like, you just need to write.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Today the prompt is:
It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of our daily lives. Sometimes, I think that might be out greatest weakness. We don't have time to take time with others. We are so busy making a living and getting our kids everywhere that they need to be, that it is too easy to put off other things that are just as important. I love the scripture from James. I think it puts things in perspective for me.
In our church, we have something called Visiting Teaching. It is a calling where we are given several women to visit every month. We are supposed to notice if anything is wrong and find ways to help. It has been such a good experience for me throughout my life. I must admit, that some of the best friends I have made have been because I visited with them as a visiting teacher.
I have a feeling that Heavenly Father does not expect us to go through our lives alone. That He expects us to take care of each other. He wants us to cherish the good in each other and to visit each other and be friends with each other. I am a social creature. It means a lot to me when someone cares enough about me to visit.
Religion is more than a church. It is a people doing the best they can to remind each other of who they really are. It is taking care of others and serving them. For me, it exceeds the boundaries of any church. I have met several good religious people that do not believe the same things that I do, nevertheless, we are all sons and daughters of God, doing our best to get home to Him.
I think often of the story of the Good Samaritan. Samaritans were looked down upon by the Jews. They were despised. They were considered the lowest of the low. Yet, a samaritan is the one who saved a man that had been robbed and beaten when no one else wanted to get involved.
It reminds me time and again that my job is never to judge. My life is not to be lived alone. Rather, I am to visit and love all those whom He would love also.
In becoming like Him, my life needs to reflect His service.