Recently, some new neighbors moved in next door.
We made it a point to say hello to them, find out their names and welcome them to the neighborhood. I thought the lady and I would become fast friends. She seemed like such an interesting person and I was looking forward to getting to know her.
She began to stop by here and there, asking if she could borrow some flour, and then bringing us some bread she’d made. It was really yummy too!
But then, she started bringing over gallons of water from her water filtration system. The kind she sells. She gave me cards and brochures and told me all about how this water filtration system (which costs thousands of dollars) could save our lives and the lives of our pets too.
One day she came over with more water, and I said “No Thank you. We’re just not interested.”
In a matter of seconds, gone was my nice neighbor, and in her place was an angry woman who was apparently not used to being told no.
It was then that I realized her agenda was not to be friends at all, but to sell us her filtration system.
I was thinking about this, and it seems… whether we know it or not… all of us have an agenda of some sort, even if it’s hidden from ourselves.
I’ve seen some people in leadership who lead because it seems to make them feel significant, people who do nice things because they want to be liked, and people who make bad choices because they just want to be loved.
And then I thought, what’s my agenda? What do I want my agenda to be?
Immediately I thought, to love God and to love people.
But what does it really mean to love people? Does it mean we never rebuke, never stand up for ourselves? What does it look like? That question has been stirring in my mind and heart for a while. What does walking in love really look like?
The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8), and it also says if we’ve seen Jesus we’ve seen the Father (John 14:9). I think I would like to explore further what it means to walk in love by looking at Jesus and seeing how he walked with people.
What do you want your agenda to be? What does walking in love look like to you?