“So Petty”

This Weeks Meditation:  “So Petty”
Read: John 13:31-38

Sometimes in our daily interactions with people we will walk away thinking, “that was so petty.”  Sometimes it is a realization of our own pettiness and at other times it is because of someone else’s.  The truth is we can all be “petty” at times.

In John 13 Jesus talks about a new command he is giving to us.  In verse 34 it says, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Jesus is saying these words to his disciples and ultimately he is preparing them for the witness of truth that they will carry on with them.

In fact in the next verse he connects our love for each other with that witness.  Verse 35 says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  In other words, we are to put aside our petty disagreements and preferences in the name of unconditional love.  Since I have a very detail oriented personality I am reminding myself of this first and foremost.

Obviously sometimes our conflicts are more than just petty things.  Sometimes they are huge.  But the new command from Jesus is suppose to cover them all, big or petty.  Our love is to resemble the love that Christ has shown to us.  It forgives, it restores, it goes the extra mile to reconcile, and it is always under no certain conditions that have to be met.  This is how the church is to be a witness in our world.

Businessman Lee Iacocca once asked legendary football coach Vince Lombardi what it took to make a winning team. Lombardi said,  “There are a lot of coaches with good ball clubs who know the fundamentals and have plenty of discipline but still don’t win the game. Then you come to the third ingredient: if you are going to play together as a team, you’ve got to care for one another. You’ve got to love each other. Each player has to be thinking about the next person by saying, ‘I have to do my job well in order that they can do theirs.’ The difference between mediocrity and greatness is the feeling these teammates have for each other.”

Church of Jesus Christ, let’s be great not mediocre!

Make it personal:  Try to think back in the last month and name some periods of pettiness that you have given in to.  Ask Jesus to forgive you for that and also ask him to help you be a witness for him by living with unconditional love as your guiding principle.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life

Arthur Mennonite Church