Driven By Love
Hey guys! I’m Caroline Pitts. I’m going to be a senior at John Adams. I was brought to LOG by my good friend Bella Worrell in the fall of my sophomore year for my participant #82. I came to LOG at a time in my life where I would pick and choose when I believed in God, and through this community and the joy it’s brought me, I’ve found that His love is always there.
On my participant weekend, in one of the letters my mom wrote me she included the Beatitudes at the end of the letter saying they were one of her favorites. At the time I didn’t quite get it. I was used to looking to scripture for clear cut answers and growing up going to a fairly traditional church, where it was easy for me to space out during service, I struggled to put these verses into context of how they connected to me and my life.
The Beatitude I’m focusing on is, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.” (Matthew 5:5) One thing that I think can be misleading with this one is the meaning of the word “meek.” I’ll be honest with you, when I was asked to write this I had zero clue what it meant at first. Maybe this is a stretch, but the word “meek” rhymes with “weak.” Which made me question how and why would someone who is weak inherit the Earth?
In the early books of the bible, we see Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt, and he was considered the meekest man on Earth. Clearly, Moses was anything but weak; he was, however, humble in his leadership in that he lived to serve only God. While I thought of meek to mean submissive, in the context of the scripture, meek is used to mean gentleness of spirit, ready to accept and follow. Often what we misinterpret as weaknesses about ourselves are actually strengths in the eyes of the Lord, and I have come to witness this first hand being part of the LOG community. We all have our obstacles. While we think of them as “weakness,” they give us an opportunity to grow in our faith. We see in Matthew 11:28-29 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” God is not only a source of refuge but an example for all of us that we can show this humility and gentleness of spirit to others as well.
Those of us in LOG have a gentleness of spirit that I haven’t really seen anywhere else. That is one thing, out of a multitude, that really makes LOG so special to me. Whether it is through leadership or fellowship we all have a meekness that makes us want to help each other instead of being superior to each other. This is the Love of God that we experience as participants on our first weekend and carry with us for the rest of our lives. The humbling thing about the LOG community is whether you ask for it or not, you’ve always got people in your corner.
So I have a little challenge for all of you. Meekness is a quality that is driven by love, using our strengths to fill others weaknesses. Try to be mindful of your motives this upcoming week. I started doing this a little bit ago. Before you do something just ask yourself: is it out of love?
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