Jesus Goggles

Today’s post is from Kate, the Centre Director of Youth for Christ. You may recall that I wrote about this fantastic organisation that support the chaplaincy in Maricourt in so many ways. They are passionate about young people and seeing them thrive and flourish in their lives and their faith. Thank you for today’s post Kate!!!

When we take a photo, we have many many options as to how we want it to look. It’s called a ‘filter’. If you’re on any form of social media, you’ll be pretty familiar with this. Perhaps you wouldn’t even consider posting a photo without it going through a filter first? Who loves that part of messenger that adds cat’s whiskers to your face? Do you prefer the black and white look?

How we see something with our own eyes is one thing – from 20/20 vision to a level of impairment, but how we view and then process something emotionally and intellectually (or not, as is sometimes the case) is another thing. 

I could line five people up and they could all witness the same thing happening – let’s say two friends in a coffee shop – not at the moment, of course – but that day will come again! The friends are having a chat about something serious. Each of the five watching could come away thinking something different:

“They must have been sorting out a work problem”

“I like his trainers”

“He’s upset because he wanted toast and they don’t do it“

“There’s going to be a fight, here”

“I wonder if I should go over”

All five have seen the same thing, but what has processed in each of their minds has been different. Some may even be looking to involve themselves in the action. So what actually happened? Someone’s pet hamster had gone missing! You guessed that, right?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could see everything and more importantly, everyone, like Jesus sees. Wouldn’t it be great if we had ‘Jesus Goggles’?

When I was a kid, there were bracelets going round with W.W.J.D? inscribed on them. ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ Have they made a comeback yet? 90’s are in, yeah? I think the purpose was to remind the wearer to think about what Jesus would do in the situations they were faced with that day.

Apart from His own quiet times with God, Jesus was always around other people. Jesus was not witnessing the exact same scenes and sets of circumstances that we have in our time, or the global problem we are facing right now. However, Jesus was witnessing people who were:

  • lonely
  • excluded
  • ill
  • making the wrong choices
  • slating one another
  • in unhealthy relationships
  • mean
  • lying to each other
  • sad

Does any of these exist today? Of course. Now, Jesus didn’t need the Jesus goggles when he walked on earth, because Jesus is Jesus. Although, I have a feeling that he may have thought W.W.D.D? (What Would Dad Do?) Jesus on earth, was the representation of God. He displayed God in all that He did.

There are so many wonderful examples of how Jesus demonstrated His love and compassion – you can read about this in The Gospels (in The New Testament of The Bible). It’s great that we get to read such inspiring accounts! We then get the opportunity to live some of this out with the people who are part of our day or who may even come in and out of our lives.

At the moment, we are aware of the needs all over the world and the very real needs that we may have within our own city, community and the family of which we are part. Maybe you are reading this feeling – “I need someone to be like Jesus to me” or maybe you feel like you haven’t got the time, energy or love to be like Jesus to someone else. Be assured God sees you and your situation and His love for you goes on and on.

Right now and when we have come through this, we get the opportunity to put on our Jesus’ Goggles; see like Jesus and be like Jesus. We get to choose an excellent way of seeing other people and responding to the need. At present, because of the restrictions, our response may look quite different and we are around a limited number of people, but here are a few practical ways in which we can ‘love thy neighbour’ whilst in lockdown.

  • Think about people who are living on their own and get in touch with them
  • Ask the people in your family how they are
  • Be as helpful as you can in your home
  • Be as patient as you can
  • Donate to a charity who are practically responding in this time
  • Write a letter, send a photo or make a video call to let someone know that you care for them

Today, we can ask ‘What Would Jesus Do?’. We can look at His examples and give it a go. I can say first hand, that it’s not always easy and I don’t always get it right, but I know God is with me and I can continue to choose His way even when I don’t feel like it or when I make mistakes. I could put a filter on the need around me and pretend it’s not there or I could respond to it in some way. 

What’s going on in our planet is so huge that we may feel small and helpless but our little can go a long away. Our daily choice to stay at home, our thank you’s, our acts of kindness, keeping our (social) distance and our prayers will make a difference in this time.

If you have time, you could check out this song by Bethel Music –  ‘God I Look To You’. It’s a reminder for me that God is present, that I can go to Him and that He’s there to help me. He’s there for you, too.

“God I look to you

I won’t be overwhelmed

Give me vision to see things like you do

God I look to you

You’re where my help comes from 

Give me wisdom

You know just what to do.”

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