Lowering Ropes: the Upside Down Kingdom. 1

The way of the cross is that of an upside down Kingdom—an invitation to serve one another. This path modelled by Jesus, who lived his life to sit alongside strangers and show them love.

This quandary flies in the face of our culture that constantly asks of us to be more, to do more and to climb a ladder of success and accomplishment.

At the end of your life what will be your measure of success?

Money made or money lost

Friendship connected or friends that have moved on

Studies and accomplishments achieved

Experiences, memories made and numbers of followers online.

Maybe success for you looks like the number of people who attend your church services, or the amount of times you have been rostered on conference brochures to speak.

The question really is though, are you accessing your worth and value from a worldview that declares success by material things—an external expression of wealth and wellbeing.

Or are you able to rest in the knowledge that you are truly, known, loved and connected, through a relationship that is eternal.

This is the upside down kingdom, where hospitality, kindness and empathy are a currency worth far more than consumable goods.

Instead of climbing ladders, what if we lowered our ropes into places, forgotten. Remembering that we were born to live a life of service. Not one of accolades, titles and agendas.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

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