This guest post was written by a dear friend and ministry partner of mine, Brenda McClure. She’s agreed to come alongside me this year and regularly write guest posts for us! Isn’t that awesome? Did you know you could guest post, too? If you have an idea or would like to submit a post, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I still can’t get away from the verses in Mark. To refresh us on the verses…
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. “- Mark 12:30 (NLT)
And again simply put, Love God with everything you have. The second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”Mark 12:31 (NLT)
No other commandment is greater than these. And again, I think this one is hard to do when most of us don’t love ourselves.
When I was younger, I remember hearing the term “she is touched.” It was not a positive statement. It was insinuating that someone was a little crazy. They would act just “a little off.” The woman I remember being called “touched” was one of the kindest women I remember. Her kindness was perceived as crazy. I wonder if we can see ourselves as a “touched” Christian. Do we do things just a little different than others? Do we speak to others differently than “the world?” Do we see that we have been touched? Can anyone else see that we have been touched?
Mother Teresa said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” She had a way of seeing things so truthfully and simply. If we lived by her statement, would others see us as “touched” and a little crazy?
As we look at ourselves in the mirror, do we see that we have truly been touched? We have been given grace and mercy. We are children of God. Do we know that His touch is for us?
When non-Christians see someone offer grace, they often think the giver of grace is “touched” or even naive. When they see a professed Christian offer judgment, they see them as hypocrites. How do we “touch” others? Do they see the negative world they have come to expect in us, or do they see the “touch of joy” that can only come from God no matter what our circumstances are?
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to feel your touch each day. Help me to realize I have already been touched by you and help me to yearn for that touch each day. Please use me to touch others who do not know you. Help them to see your grace, mercy, and joy through me. In Jesus name I ask this.
Brenda McClure is a massage therapist and owner of Couples Touch of Love, a ministry seeking to heal marriages through the teaching of biblical touch. Brenda has a heart for seeing relationships healed and brought back to the fullness that God designed them to be.