Professional volleyball player Gabby Reece on the power of going first:
“I always say that I’ll go first…
That means if I’m checking out at the store, I’ll say hello first.
If I’m coming across somebody and make eye contact, I’ll smile first.
[I wish] people would experiment with that in their life a little bit. Be first, because – not all times, but most times – it comes in your favor.”1
I read this quote and felt convicted. How often do we hold back grace and mercy and love, waiting to receive it before we give it? And yet,
“God showed great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8.
Jesus offered grace and mercy and love to those who least deserved it, to outsiders, to the forgotten and the invisible.
“We love others because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
What would it look like if we went first in this way? Not the putting ourselves our first, but putting others ahead of us. Reaching out to help – first. Calling a friend – first. Stepping aside – first. Listening to different opinions – first. Learning new things – first. Meeting the new neighbor – first. Extending forgiveness – first.
“Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” 1 Cor 10:24
What can we be first at today to spread around grace and mercy and love with abandon?
We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am MDT for worship via the stream. And, a few other things coming up:
- Oct 17 – Extreme Community Makeover, a chance to serve outdoors together
- Oct 25 – Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson will be our guest preacher in worship
- Oct 28 – Dr. Jack Stark will be our guest at The Well
- Nov & Dec – Peter Mayer will be our guest at The Well one time each month
- Nov 1 — Submit names for All Saints Sunday here
Grace be with you,
1Quoted on podcast “The Tim Ferriss Show” Episode 89 (Note: I did not listen to this podcast, I got the quote from James Clear https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/october-8-2020)