Omaha is our city
“Jesus replied, ‘The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.’” Mark 12:29-31 (NLT)
Do you love this city?
During this time of year there are so many things to be thankful for; the holidays, family traditions, a lot of food, presents, vacation time, a new year, and so much more. Unfortunately, we can't have all those things in Omaha, Nebraska without the blistering cold winters. Maybe we could, if there was no wind… but there's always wind. Omaha is no Phoenix or Orlando, or even Denver where people like to vacation, but it is the perfect melting pot of people who have chosen to make this city their home. Omaha is a beautiful city not because of the mountain views or the sandy beaches, but because of the people.
Earlier this year as I was talking to a friend, I realized mid-sentence that I talk down on our city way too often. I then started to notice that, for one reason or another, many people do the same thing. We’re either blaming Omaha for the weather or claiming we would be more successful in a different, bigger, better city. At that moment I realized something.
What we speak verbally is what we understand internally.
If my language is constantly hate for our city, then won’t I live my life in hate for its people? I realized that my language has power. That if I constantly choose to hate my city through words, I will eventually hate my city through actions.
So, today I urge us to do what Jesus said is the second most important commandment… Love our neighbor. Love our neighbor by speaking life over our city, loving our city, believing for the best in our city. Because wherever we are, the light of Jesus is also. So if you are here, Jesus is here, and that is exactly what Omaha, Nebraska needs.
Lord, I pray that you will help us love our city like you do. Help us to speak love in every way towards our city. Whether we are here for a lifetime or a few months, we pray that we would love our city wholeheartedly. Starting with our neighbors, then to our co-workers, and beyond. Lord, help us to see your city of Omaha as you see it. Help us love your people as you would today. Amen.
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