Disclaimer: An honest look into my heart!
I like to consider myself a kind person. I usually smile a lot, and try to be encouraging. But I really struggle with truly loving people without agenda. I let my pride get in the way of love a lot, and I constantly have to battle with my heart/mind to choose humility and extend grace to those around me. I really need God’s help moment by moment to drop my competitive spirit and be willing to be “the least of these.”
I have been so fired up about what God is doing through The Orchard. I really encourage you to visit one of the weekly gatherings (Sat at 5, Sun at 9 & 11) to check it out for yourself. I promise you, it is probably the exact opposite of your last church experience. :) It is such a diverse community and I love it! I feel like the new series, Not Like Me, is exactly what The Orchard embodies- which is EXACTLY what Jesus embodies. It’s all about loving God and loving others which is God’s own heart. (Matthew 22:37-39)
Check it out:
www.theorchardcommunity.com and click on the far right “Current Series” to watch the video.
So my new goal is to move past simply tolerance of others (like me and not like me) and embrace unconditional love. To choose humility and extend grace in ALL situations.