- By Benita Joy
- Published 08/11/2005
Benita Joy is a Malayalee Christian and serves as the Chief Editor for South Asian Connection. She is a woman of faith, gifted in the area of leadership and administration, and has a heart for world missions. Her desire is to live a life that is pure and to serve God's purposes in her generation. Benita is pursuing a double major in English and Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She loves big cities, chai, the internet, roller coasters, international cuisines, music, and hanging out with friends. She is the youngest member of Team SAC, plays guitar with a baby pink pick (Yikes!), and she's not much taller than your average dwarf (don't tell her that).
This week I came back from Spain and Morocco. My life was changed, my perspective of the world shifted, and my heart transformed. It takes moments such as the ones that I experienced to open my eyes to the great needs of the world; to the respond to the call of God, to His command of "loving your neighbor as yourself." Such a simple statement seldom expressed by individuals...I will live this command.
The world, everything that's happening in it, all because we, human being have failed to live simple statement: Love God first, and over everything; and love your neighbor as yourself.
If you want to be a history maker follow the two simple statements mentioned by a man who loved his very life last, and loved the world more than his own.
Know that life is not about you, not about what you can get, how high you can reach... All selfish thoughts. It's not about you. It's about how much you can do for others. It's about others because their eternity is at stake, their lives, their future.
Coming back from that trip made me realize that there is hope, because there are few who have loved the lives of others more than their own. It's all about others, and what you can do, even if it's just a prayer, a hug, a kiss, a smile, the pure embrace of another human being ... It's not charity, it's love. And it is this love that creates hope and gives a testimony to the world that there is a God that cares. If we only lift our eyes up, stop thinking that we are the center of the universe, and live to love others; we'll see that God exists, that God is real, and that there is hope.
Thank you God for your Son Jesus, because He loved the world first, and gave His everything to show how life is supposed to be lived. Thank you!
In hot pursuit,
Beautifully stated. I couldn't have said it better myself. bj