Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

“A Sefless Act”

Dorwan Stoddard, a member of the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, died saving his wife from the gunfire of a madman.  Our president described Dorwan’s actions as “a selfless act.”  This week many of us turned on the television to learn about the tragedy of Tuscon and the heroics of men like Dorwan.  Many of us have been deeply bothered by this horrific tragedy.  We have shed tears for Christina Taylor Green, the nine year old who was full of life and had such a promising future.  We have felt sorrow for the victims and their families and offered numerous prayers on their behalf.  We cannot make sense of a tragedy like this, but it should remind us of the preciousness of life.  We never know what this world has in store for us, so we should make each moment count.

I did not know Dorwan Stoddard.  I never met him.  I never talked to him, but I believe this was a good man.  He was a church going man who gave his life for someone else.  That says a lot about him.  His life has been summed up by “a selfless act.”  This is how it should be for all Christians.  We will probably never stand in the way of gunfire, as Dorwan did that day, but when we give our lives to Christ it is no longer about us.  When we put Christ on in baptism we set our desires aside and begin to live for Him.  Part of living for Christ is living for others.  Living for Christ means giving our time to those who are in need.  It means we invest in others.  It means we share the gospel with the people we meet.  It means we love humanity just as God does.  May we all strive to live our lives for Christ in a way that can only be described as “a selfless act.”

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:3-4

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