Having a Vision for Others

One of the things that I’ve been learning this summer is the idea of having a vision for people. We are all fallen, broken people who were designed to bear the image of God. We were designed to live life in relationship with the Trinity that informs the way we interact with others. Yet, we all struggle. So, often as others struggle, we move into a defensive, judgmental posture rather than cultivating a vision for people … a vision that says we believe that the grace and love of Christ can transform and heal and change which ushers us into deepening union with Christ.

Last week, I came across a song that was written by Bebo Norman a few years ago. You might remember that a few years ago, Britney Spears was making a lot of bad choices as it related to herself and her children (or, at least that’s the way it was reported in the media)  & she became the punching bag of the tabloids. Bebo wrote a song called “Britney” that presented a healing, redemptive vision rather than judgment and condemnation.

“Britney I’m sorry for the lies we told
we took you into our arms and then left you cold
Britney I’m sorry for this cruel cruel world
we sell the beauty but destroy the girl
Britney I’m sorry for your broken heart
we stood aside and watched you fall apart
I’m sorry we told you fame would fill you up
and money moves the man so drink the cup

“Britney I’m sorry for the stones we throw
we tear you down just so we can watch the show
Britney I’m sorry for the words we say
we point the finger as you fall from grace

“I know love goes around the world we know
and you never see it coming back
you never see it coming back
and I know love goes around the world we know
and you never see it coming back
but I can see it coming back for you

“Yeah, its coming back for you, yeah, its coming back for you, yeah, its coming back for you, yeah

“Britney I do believe that love has come
here for the broken
here for the ones like us”

Consider someone in your life who is hurting. What would it look like to have  a vision for them rather than judgment?

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~ by Ted Wueste on July 10, 2011.

One Response to “Having a Vision for Others”

  1. Love this! Reminds me of how graciously you reacted at Tiger Woods’ fall. Peace, Pastor!

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