Message from the Pastor
Here’s a principle you won’t read in any business leadership book and is absent from most ministry leadership books I’ve read: Love must be genuine. I was reminded of just how important genuine love is upon returning to the Peace Center, a facility dedicated to after school tutoring for immigrant and refugee children in St. Louis, to help lead devotions where I once served as Volunteer Coordinator. As soon as I hit those doors after a long absence and saw the faces of all those kids I used to see weekly, I was filled with joy and energy. These kids ran to me. They hugged me. Some of the younger ones clung to me. One wanted to show me his homework while another wanted to show me the grade she earned at school. They remembered that I loved them, not in an "institutional" way, but from the heart. And I remembered that they love me back. No guile. No game.

As wonderful as it felt to be greeted after a long absence with all the love these kids have to offer their old mentor, I am reminded about the need to remain clear about one thing: these kids aren’t innocent. They’ve seen wars and famine. They’ve lived in tent cities, and now they live on the violent and heroine-flooded streets of St. Louis. They don’t give their trust away. When we talk about loving people from the heart, we’re not talking about a "style" of leadership; we’re talking about one of the bedrock principles of building trust with both the current and future generations of the church.

Prayerfully consider the following today:

  • Genuine love implies that a Christian will choose to be open and, therefore, vulnerable;
  • Wearing your heart on your sleeve isn’t always a bad thing when you are showing how much you love God’s people;
  • Christian love is something you receive even as you give it away;
  • Genuine love shown by a Christian is disarming with the current generation; Genuine love shown by a Christian is vital for building trust with the next generation.

Pastor Will Miller

 
 
 
   
 
 
   
 
 
  
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