I believe that the world around us operates on the currency of redemption: God redeemed us from our sin, and we imitate that exchange in daily life. And sometimes a lady and her bulldog show us a crystal clear image of what that’s like.
One day on our Las Vegas trip, I was lounging with a few teammates in the UNLV student center. Outside the window, we saw an older woman sitting with a stocky bulldog at her feet. She had been walking this bulldog… in a baby stroller. Actually, I think it was a stroller especially designed for dogs. And she was feeding him pieces of chicken out of her plate of Chinese food.
[a continuation of the lessons I learned in Vegas. more about that trip can be found here.]
Loving unconventionally is what Jesus is all about.
His approach to love was strange but needed for the people He came to save; ours should be too.
Our visit to Vegas coincided with what Grace City called “Love Week”: a week dedicated to reaching out to the city of Vegas to love them without restrictions or an agenda. The premise was that God’s love has no agenda. He just loves us. There’s no catch to His grace. One of the most beautiful phrases I heard all week was this: “Jesus died for the catch.” And so, we ought to love others without a catch.
Some of the ways that we reached out during Love Week were a little… atypical. At one point, I wrote “Free Hugs” on a sign, for cryin’ out loud. Two of my favorite ways of expressing the love of Christ were buying people’s coffees and the Compliment Chair.
The biggest, most earth-shattering thing that has happened to me so far in 2015, without a doubt, is a ministry trip I took during spring break to Las Vegas. I didn’t blog about it right away partly due to time constraints, but also because I just couldn’t find the words.
Now that I have some time, I think it’s valuable to share some of what happened. The week-long trip that I and about 20 Liberty students, undergrad and graduate, embarked on was in partnership with Grace City Church, a plant that Liberty sent out a few years ago with the mission of transforming Sin City into Grace City. (I didn’t make the connection until about halfway through the trip. I felt like such a blonde!)