There are so many beautiful things in this world if we take the time to look. A friend of mine sent me some pictures from Montana. What a great place with incredible scenery. How about Alaska, little babies, pregnant mothers about to deliver (my personal favorite), grandchildren, the Braves winning, flowers in spring, and the list could go on and on.
But I think if God directed us toward THE most beautiful thing, and we can learn this from Jesus, it is one person helping another person in a wide variety of ways. Jesus passed on the good news, healed the sick and lame, spoke to those whom others would not speak to, gave food to the hungry, comforted those in grief, raised his friend from the dead, and provided refreshment for a wedding when they ran out. He broke religious barriers, told amazing stories, acted without any prejudice, loved being around little kids, was an amazing fisherman, taught others how to pass on faith, and generally showed us the real meaning of love.
His was A Beautiful Life!
We can try to emulate it but I have found in my own life I have come way short of where I would like to be. But I tell you that taking this ATB Ministry to where others are at has given me a much closer relationship with my fellow man. I hear their stories, feel the pain of their past and see the joy on their face when they are encouraged by what we say. And most of what we say is about that beautiful life Jesus led.
When you stop talking in church language, something that creeps into all of our vocabularies, and approach people with the plain and simple truth of what a beautiful example God on earth left for us, they listen. I am shocked in the past few months how they have listened and it is not due to my mostly non-eloquent words. They respond to the honesty of people who have met the Lord in crisis, and have come through with a new perspective on what a beautiful life is all about.
It is all about the power of God to heal a broken life and restore us to sanity and symmetry with Him!
Every moment we spend helping another find their way, find a job, find healing or just find love, we are doing the will of God and our lives become beautiful for it. When someone sends us a thank you note or says because of you I now have hope, they are really saying it is because they see God in us. Our spotlight is focused on God not ourselves, and they can see that the truth is in us.
That my friends is A Beautiful Life!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.