Recently I spoke in a college class about lessons every missionary should know. The more I think about it, these are lessons which would serve all of us well in a day with toxic attitudes on every side.
When I think about the toxic attitudes displayed in Christianity, I think about a book entitled, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” By Robert Fulgham.
Mr. Fulgham said what he learned in Kindergarten are really life-lessons. After mulling over these points, I made spiritual applications. These are good points for all people, especially for those of the household of faith.
1. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. — Give God and everyone else the credit.
2. Don’t hit people. — Never use social media or the platform to attack people
3. Hold hands, stick together. — We are brothers and sisters, do not fight with each other, stick together.
4. Share. — You received nothing of your own in life, share everything.
5. Live a balanced life. — It is easy to go to extremes, stay centered in Christ.
6. Take a nap every afternoon. — The rest will help you be a better Christian.
7. Listen. — Seek to understand before seeking to be understood — Carnegie.
8. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. — Be kind to people. Love everybody, always.
9. Things change and come to an end. — Life changes, flex with the changes.
10. Be aware of wonder. — Never lose your sense of what God is doing.
Reading Romans 12:9-21 changes my disposition toward others. If you do not remember anything else, remember this: “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.” Luke 10:27–28
Love God with ever fiber of your being. Love everyone, always.