- Written by Reuben Crowe
I've been thinking a lot about the person I am today, and I came to realise something; I am the product of the time and effort that people have put into me. I am that result of the values that my parents instilled in me. I am only as far in life as I am because of the people who have journeyed alongside and ahead of me.
There's an African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child.". I want you to, think about those people who are a part of that village that helped raise you to be who you are today, and pray for them. Even find them and thank them, buy them a coffee or something. Show gratitude to them, thank God for them. Share how their presence in your life has shaped you into who you are now.
Then think of the people in your circle now, and think about how you can contribute to their village. It could be as simple as just hanging out after school, or even inviting them to youth group or something. Think about how you can bless people, and do it. You never know the effect you might have on someone's life. Let the light of Jesus shine through how you interact with people. Love people the way God loves you.
It's funny, at my most recent block course for study, someone explained a meaning for the Maori word "Aroha". Aroha means love in English, but the meaning that was shared was this: "Aro" means to make someone turn around in response. "Ha" means the breath of life, but in this case refers to the one who gives the breath of life, so God.
So to give people "aro+ha" or love, is to turn them towards the one who gives the breath of life, which is God. The more you love people the way God does, the more they will turn to God in reply.
It says in 1 John 4:19, "We love because He first loved us." So, I encourage you, get out there and love people the way Christ loved us, enough to give up his life for us.