This particular blog entry only makes sense if you read the original BEND LOW – BUILD HIGH article on June 1, 2013.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:9-18).
BEND LOW – BUILD HIGH is our family’s theme this summer. As a result, that phrase has been heard quite a bit in our home over the past ten days. In order to help us to consider others needs before our own (BEND LOW) and speak words which edify (BUILD HIGH), each of the children is engaged in a project. Celena already made a coffee cup with the phrase on it (see the photos below). TJ is writing a story. Dayton is making a poster. And Cascade is writing a song. I rejoiced to see their enthusiasm as they embarked upon their specific projects! I will rejoice even more if long-term change is seen in their lives. In other words, I am hoping to see the Bible applied consistently within the confines of our home and as they go out into the world. However–I must never forget a very important axiom.
More is caught than taught.
My example is paramount in this process. I must consistently apply the Bible within the confines of our home and as I head out into my world. Thankfully, I am not left clueless as to how God desires me to live. The passage above is just one of many. Written by the theologian of the New Testament, the Apostle Paul made it very clear how Christians are to function within community. BEND LOW – BUILD HIGH is plastered all over those verses! Both humility and practical ministry are commanded.
Authentic love has legs.
Pure and undefiled religion blesses people. Christianity is much more than a set of truthful propositions to be believed. It is that, but it is–at least it should be–truth applied. May that accurately describe my children as they transition into adulthood in a few short years. May that be said now of their parents!
And now–Celena’s project: