To Be Known

How Are You Known?


One of the biggest sellers to kids and adults these days is to be famous. For everyone to know who we are and what are name is. To somehow put an impact on the world whether it be from inventing something awesome or being an actor(actress), rockstar, or singing. We all have some sort of talent, though not all of us can play an instrument better than most or sing like an angel, making this dream far fetched for most of us. In fact, I would imagine a lot of us feel like the turtle in the above picture. He isn't real easy to pick out of the bog. Between the stick and lillypads he kind of just blends in. I took this picture while on a walk through our local nature center and we spotted a few turtles, but we had to look pretty hard to notice them. If we would've just booked it through the trail without paying close attention we would have missed them altogether. 

So how do we get noticed? How do our names fit into this world so people know who we are? Isn't that the goal of most of us? Or have we given up on the dream we had as children to be famous and known to all mankind?

As a follower of Jesus and child of God, we are called to be known. Known as the disciples of God. How do we do this, you may ask. Well there is a scripture that clearly states how.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35  

I know I had another blog post on love, but that was God's love for us. Now we are talking about our love for God and for one another.

"....he asked him, 'Of all the commandments, which is the most important?'
'The most important one,' answered Jesus, 'Is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.'" 
So our goal in this life should not be to be famous, or known by the world. It should be to be known as someone who loves Jesus, a disciple. By our love we will be known. So if we lack that love no one will know or believe us when we say we are. This is my prayer and goal in life. I pray daily that God would show me his love for his creation, for those around me that aren't so easy to love. It's easy to love those who are easy to love. But what about those who aren't? We are still called to love them too. Make your goal this week to try to love like God does. Ask God to give you his love and set aside time each day for prayer and devotion. God bless you!

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