Love is contagious.
Hands down one of the best parts of this trip thus far has been when the lead pastor of Verve, Vince poured into us with a Guerrilla Love seminar. What is guerrilla love? So glad you asked. It is based on the concept of guerrilla warfare- low intensity, surprise attacks, a creative, smart and intelligent ambush if you will. A LOVE AMBUSH!
But let’s face it, life is busy. We are running straight from work to the grocery store to soccer practice, and the list goes on. How do we keep the “Love Ambush” top of mind? We have to CHANGE! We have to change the way we think, look, feel, hear, and move.
THINK– We need to think of ourselves as Christ ambassadors. I am someone that God has called to love the world to Him.
LOOK– We need to change the way we look at the world. Many times we think of others being here to serve us… meaning the server at your favorite restaurant, the cashier, your garbage man. Have you ever thought about your garbage man? Probably not- until he missed your garbage that one week. Our garbage men are children of God! We need to change the way we look at people.
FEEL– We need to feel sick. We need to feel compassion for this hurting world, and God’s children. Over and over Jesus feels compassion and heartache for his children. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5:11
HEAR– Today’s culture is all about getting revenge, justice, judgement, and fairness. Instead what would it look like if we imitated Jesus and showed grace?
MOVE– When we are feeling rushed and pressured for time, are we being the best ambassadors for Jesus? I know I’m not.
This week our team has been able to participate in a few Guerrilla Love projects.
Krispy Kreme Delivery
Our team got to deliver 60 dozen warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts to unsuspecting businesses around Las Vegas. As we delivered the doughnuts, some were suspicious, but delighted. Most were surprised and grateful that someone would do such a kind thing for nothing. We explained that we were from Verve Church and we were out and about loving people. Most of our encounters were brief, but we were still able to have some meaningful conversations.
One Krispy Kreme delivery was especially meaningful. We went to the Davis Funeral Home. This is the funeral Home that processed all but 3 of the victims from Sunday’s shooting. After the doughnut delivery, it was clear that this needed to be our guerrilla love project as well. We needed to go bigger. We needed to love these funeral home associates that have probably had one of the worst weeks in the history of like ever.
It has been so wonderful– the first responders, police officers, hospitals etc have all been overwhelmed with support this week. It is unimaginable to think that 50+ bodies will be coming through your doors in a weeks time. So the associates of the funeral home have been working around the clock. We thought it would be really nice to put together a basket full of gift cards along with handwritten notes on how much we appreciate them, love them, and are praying for them. Giftcards included things for them to get away- dinner, movies etc.
We have been so blessed to GUERRILLA LOVE people this week. How are you going to love ambush someone this week?!