Joanne Campbell - Oaklodge Convention - 2005

408, "No Reputation" – It’s better to be a stranger now than in all eternity.

Prayer 

215, "A Tender Heart"

 

On Friday, one of my little friends came up to me and said, "Sunday is the hardest day of Convention."  I asked "Why?"  He said, "I have to go home and go back to school."  I was remembering the time I had to go home and to go back to school, then later when I had to go back to work.  A little later going out on Sunday and into the Harvest Field not knowing who I was going to be with.  Lastly, leaving Australia – we really don’t know what day it is up here.  If we have the Saviour with us, we don’t need to fear the future.

 

Ephesians 4:17-18, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart …”  Paul was speaking to these people of the light, he was encouraging them not to forget to walk in the light. I was thinking of that little saying, “Not being past feeling."  Some people choose to be ignorant so they don’t have to do something about it, but God wants us to have a feeling for one another.

A little girl gave her testimony and said, “Help me to be kind.  If I am not kind, I am the wrong kind.”  We have heard about facing the future and having a child-like spirit.  Someone said that’s the ABC of the Kingdom – Always Be Childlike. If we face the future child-like, we have nothing to fear. Face the future in the spirit of a little child, then we have nothing to fear. I like this feeling of kindness one with another. I like this story of the good Samaritan:  he wasn’t concerned about who that man was, was he? He didn’t ask, "Why did you go anyway?"  Sometimes when we are feeling half dead, people have the answers – he had  the spirit of kindness for that man.

Sometimes we can be misunderstood but Jesus understands. That good Samaritan was able to understand that man had pain and was half dead – we are glad of the kindness of God. I was thinking of Abigail and her spirit of kindness – she said, “Let me take the blame.”  Her spirit disarmed David and he would be glad he didn’t do something he would be sorry for after. We are thankful for those who have the kindness that they are willing to take the blame so there can be peace and prosperity in the Kingdom. We think of others who have showed us kindness and help because they aren’t past feeling.  Sometimes when we want to be kind and true - it’s not always easy, is it? Life is about relationships and dealing with others. When we say something to someone we have to go through three gates, is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? Sometimes I think for myself I should not say so much – sometimes it can be true but not kind or necessary. 

Hebrews 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  Jesus, the Son of God who has feelings and knows what we are going through. He is not like the priest who will just go away, He will help us. I think most of us don’t think we have a basketful – we know there will be things we don’t understand but as long as we have enough in our basket. If we want to have feeling for someone who is bearing a burden, just help them  carry the load, we don’t need to know what is in the basket do we?  Sometimes we can see people are bearing a heavy burden, but we don’t need to know what’s in the basket. May the law of loving kindness be with us during the year.

People in Mongolia are very kind. Ghengis Khan who was a conqueror in Mongolia said and it has been passed down, “You be kind to the stranger.”  They will take a stranger into their gur (home) and offer them hospitality.  We experience this, we can go anywhere over the country and we can stay in their gurs, they show such loving kindness. I asked why they were so kind, and they said if Ghengis Khan went through the country and didn’t find kindness in that gur, he would come back and destroy that gur. I long that we may go out and help the stranger, be kind one to another so God’s Kingdom can prosper.