“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV
Two weeks ago, we had an amazing Youth Beach Camp at Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu, CA. The setting was picturesque and God really moved in the hearts of the 50 students that went and the adult leaders who were a part of this camp. Our theme this year was, “We Are Family”, based on John 13:34. This was so appropriate not only on a spiritual level, but also on a physical level; it was tangible way for me, too.
After arriving, setting up our tents and then spending some time on the beach, we had our first chapel time. We were finishing up our time of worship through music when I received text messages from my sister-in-law, then my mother-in-law. Both text messages said, “EMERGENCY – CALL NOW – FLOOD IN YOUR HOUSE!” Immediately, my heart sank and I knew that this was not good. I told my wife and she called while I taught that night’s message.
It turns out that when my sister-in-law stopped by my house that evening to feed my dog and check on the house, she peeked in through the back slider and saw what she described as, “It looked like it was raining in your family room.” Our toilet in the master bedroom had malfunctioned and water had flooded our bedroom, seeped through the floor, and was now cascading into our family room. She immediately called my brother-in-law, who is firefighter and trained to handle emergencies, and he was able to get into our house and shut the water off. He and my sister-in-law then proceeded to clean up as much water as they could. It helped to minimize the damage.
Needless to say, I thank God for family and I thank God that they were there to help us out.
We as a church family need to be there for one another and do life together because we can’t, and were never meant, to do life alone. Life is too hard and too messy. God created us to first of all be in a relationship with Him, and then with one another. I encourage you to not just attend church or youth services, but attend a class, serve in a ministry, and find a way to connect with other believers at our church. And of course, spend time with our Lord Jesus, the best relationship we can ever have.
Posted on Tue, July 3, 2012
by Kevin Ibanez