ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

Eric Butterworth wrote about a college professor who had his sociology class go into the slums of Baltimore to get the case histories of 200 young boys.  The college students were asked to write an evaluation of what they thought each of the boys’ future would be like.  In every case, the students wrote:  “He hasn’t got a chance.”

 

Twenty-five years later, another college professor came across the notes of the case histories.  This professor had some of his students follow up to see what had happened to the boys.  With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors, and businessmen.

 

The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further.  Fortunately, all the men were in the area, and he was able to ask each one:  “How do you account for your success?  In each case, the reply came with feeling:  “There was a teacher.”

 

The teacher was still alive, so the professor sought her out and asked the old, but still alert lady, what formula she had used to pull these boys out of the slums into successful achievement.  The teacher’s eyes sparkled, and her lips broke into a gentle smile.  It’s really very simple she said:  “I loved those boys.”

 

Mother Teresa said:  “Spread love everywhere you go:  first of all in your own house.  Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God’s kindness:  kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”

 

1 John 4:7-12 says:  “My dear friends, we must love each other.  Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life.  We are now God’s children, and we know him.  God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him.  God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life.  Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us.  God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.  Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we must love each other.  No one has ever seen God.  But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts.”

 

The Bible says—when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life.  Does the way you love show you are living a new life in Christ?

 

The Bible says—if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts.  Does the way you love show God lives in you and his love is truly in your heart?


-Michael