Saturday March 23, 2019 – The joy of living out this verse!

Romans 12:16  Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. (The Message)

Have you noticed that Jesus could relate well to anyone?  Tax collectors, sinners, prostitutes, Samaritans,  – everyone that the Pharisees had an attitude about.   What an example Jesus is for us.  The Pharisees, on the other hand, appear to be a strong example for us on how not to relate to others.  They put people into categories and were consumed with pride and arrogance. Their blindness to this condition caused them to miss the miracle-working Messiah who was right in front of them.

Unfortunately, there are cultural tendencies that we live with that encourage us to look down upon people that are members of various groups.  This can lead us to be proud or arrogant about groups we might belong to.  If we have experienced such condescension or discrimination, we know first hand how refreshing it is to have relationships where this negative baggage is not present; where we are treated as people of worth.  Living out today’s verse is imperative for us, in all the circumstances of our lives: church, work, daily interactions, family and friends.

This verse triggers such wonderful memories of the Christian college where I worked in Franklin, Tennessee (Williamson Christian College).  We experienced the blessing of having an incredible mix of students from about 18 different countries.  We had home grown Americans, immigrants, refugees and foreign students.  Although the majority of the students were Christian, there were any number of other religions represented including Hindu, Islam and Buddhist.  We had the honor of serving them all – helping and enabling them to pursue their education.

Our college and curriculum were Christ-centered and the students all understood that.  What an opportunity for us to live out our faith!  It was reflected in how we as staff got along with and served one another.  It was revealed in the quality of relationships that faculty and staff and students had with each other.  Students were not required to become Christian to attend, but they knew they were going to be exposed to the Christian faith; both in terms of teaching and in the overall experience they had there.  What an opportunity for us to demonstrate the Christian faith to be the real thing!

Note:  Here is the website of this wonderful college: http://www.williamsoncc.edu

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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