I’m not making an excuse although I forewarned you I might not make a Friday post since I was on the road all day Friday and visiting with Santa earlier today. But, since I do like to participate in the exercise, here we are. After I post, I’ll get together and share with my fellow writers at Kate’s spot on Facebook at http://www.fiveminutefriday.com.
To entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Sabrina. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.
“FMF has made me stop making excuses and just write. Pick a word, realize how it moves me and spend five minutes without letting my fingers come off the keys. Five minutes of clearing my head because all of my focus is on the word. But, most importantly, FMF always aligns with how I am feeling and I feel like it is the universe’s way of telling me to stop or move or breathe. It is the final straw that I finally listen to.”
There you go. The prompt for the week is ONE. The timer is set, so it’s time to GO…
As I was driving Friday thinking about our prompt, I kept coming back to Jesus’ second coming. No, I wasn’t focused on the tribulation, rapture or people being left behind. Instead, I was think about Jesus’ reaction when He graces us with His presence again.
I can’t help but wonder if Jesus will wonder why He came in the first place. His simple message, His sole purpose has been twisted, interpreted and diluted, seemingly before His grave was even empty.
In the 2,000 years since, His message continues to erode. New doctrines and practices have replaced older ones. The singular command — love one another — seems to have gotten lost as followers fragment to follow the teaching of apostolic hierarchy, others reformists, others charismatics, others from store-front preachers who often have ordained themselves with titles.
Let’s get one thing straight. There is only one savior, … STOP
… Jesus the Christ. There is only one way to heaven, through Jesus the Christ. And yet …
Almost since day one, we’ve been trying to rewrite the laws to fit our needs. We’ve been trying to show the “how” to heaven instead of the “why” and “who”. Read more. Study more. Attend more. Give more.
Jesus didn’t come the first time to give us a lesson plan. He came as a gift and a bridge to bring us sinners back into fellowship with God. Love one another … By this all will know that you are My disciples — the greatest command (John 13:34-35).
Love is a verb, an action. So, don’t tell me you’re a Baptist. Don’t preach about your mainline religions. Don’t dictate your Catholic doctrines. Don’t charismatically talk about the future.
Instead, reflect the light of Jesus. If we call ourselves Christians, followers of the Christ, we must love one another — not just our friends and neighbors, but all we come into contact with from various ethnic, religious or lifestyle backgrounds. Love one another — not by doing things for them or preaching to them, but by showing them our Jesus from our heart, from our soul. As Francis of Assisi said, you might be the only sermon some persons will hear today.
I wonder if Jesus will wonder why His followers are not one in communion with Him and each other. I wonder if Jesus will wonder if denominations are fluff. I wonder if Jesus will wonder how the rigidity of the Law returned so quickly.
I wonder what Jesus will wonder when He returns.
My prayer reflect the words Jesus prayed, that all may be one. And I add, may it start with me.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t gossip. Period.