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Reflections on Romans 12:16 (Wed)

Sorry about posting this so late–they only have free WIFI in the lobby.

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Today’s passage:*

12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. [NET]

Live in harmony with one another. I love this simple command because it sums up one of my core values and life practices. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge advocate of healthy, respectful relationships. So frequently I see families and friendships which are burdened with conflict and relational drama and turmoil. Oftentimes the causes are misunderstandings, wrong assumptions, control and disrespect and they can all be corrected so easily.

This morning I read about a girl who had so much disharmony with a parent that she was on the verge of being kicked out of the house. It had been brewing for a long time. Yet thankfully, one good heart to heart conversation involving humility and listening-to-understand was all it took to restore their harmony!

It seems God has wired me with a passion to help others repair family harmony. There are few things I enjoy more than bringing hurting families back together!

do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. Here at Disney World, this verse seems so out of place. There are no “lowly” people here. Everyone within these gates is a an equal (as long as you don’t lose your Key to the World Pass!) The poor have conveniently been left outside the gates and there’s no need to worry about them! It’s as if they don’t exist.

I wonder how much my ordinary life is exactly like this. We get caught up in our country club mentality, but just at a different level. We know there are poor out there somewhere, but in practical terms we live as if they don’t exist. We don’t hang around or associate with such people. Yet there’s the command staring us in the face: “Associate with the lowly.”

For 10 years I ran the Wednesday breakfast program with the HD Youth Center. When the flood hit I quit doing that for a number of reasons, but the admonition of Romans 12:16 remains. So what will I do next? Going to Mexico next week to build homes is a step in the right direction. But what will I do after that? That’s what I need to figure out.

(*For this summer, I’ve divided up Romans 12-16 into daily readings and have committed to daily journaling my reflections about each to correspond with Pastor Bob’s sermon series.)

1 Comment

  1. Martha Troxel

    July 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    It is always good when harmony is restored!
    Lots to consider with the other part of the verse about the lowly and being humble!

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