Discovering what love is one day at a time
I am reminded daily of my humanness, and yet at the same time of the magnificent beauty and awesome grace of our Lord and Savior.
I love how He continues to expand our understanding of His Word and what that looks like in each of our lives…and with that the exhortation to go and sin no more…like He said to the woman caught in the act of adultery that was drug out into the middle of the street to be stoned.
How serious is the truth of our sin. How serious is the truth of our error; how we have missed the mark, and how we have chosen our own way.
Our personalities…our likes and dislikes are all divinely created by the God of the Universe. Yet they were imprinted in our design to bring glory and honor to Him… and in that we get to enjoy those unique things about ourselves and be amazed at what He can do through us despite our personalities.
How often do we answer yes or no to something because we are bent in that direction? We may base our decision on our own likes or dislikes, our preference, or our own opinion…and yet…we have not submitted that bend of our mind or of our will unto the Lord? Truth be told when we follow that slope we usually end up on the side of our own comfort created by our own decisions…not His.
I may be inclined to do something because I like it…but it doesn’t mean that is where I am called…I may not like something and refuse to do it…but it doesn’t mean that I am not supposed to do it. The crossroads is simply… What would you have of me, LORD? No matter where I am bent, I want to serve You fully in this. I am a Yes to you.
My son and I have been talking about idioms lately…
“Slope off”…means to make ones way out slowly and furtively…
Moving at an inclination or obliquely, shiftily…in secret…hiding in our own way…oblique is neither perpendicular nor is it parallel…it is diverging from a straight line or course.
I do not want to be divergent in regards to the course God has for me…I want my interests to be surrendered and submitted unto Him. That my opinions, thoughts and attitudes, and yes’s and no’s be fully surrendered to His. I want to be walking in accordance to His will and direction for my life; in that everything that I say and do will bring Him glory and honor and praise.
So often I find myself creating boundaries for myself that in reality do not exist. They are walls that I lock myself into that create a “safe zone” or a place of false comfort. In reality…that safe zone is a jail that locks me away from opportunity to really see and experience life in its magnificent beauty and full form. When those walls are challenged…I find myself fearful…anxious...and somewhat of a recluse. However, when I really take a look at the boundaries that I have created, and lay them under the Truth of God’s Word…they look like a false brick facade that crumble with the smallest of whispers. I become aware of the prison that really does not exist, and realize that I have surrendered myself to that small space pacing in its confined area. As the Lord leads me out of those places…sometimes I hesitate…retreating in my mind to the excuses that brought me to the prison in the first place. And yet, when I truly follow Him, in my heart, my mind, my soul and my will…the confidence to remain with Him wherever He leads springs up like an ever-flowing fountain; and within its waters it brings peace, overflowing joy, love, patience for the journey, faithfulness, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone…-Neale Donald Walsch
If we are to truly live, and experience the life that God has purposed for us…we must be willing to put to death our idea of our own comfort and completely surrender to His.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have two young men ages 18 and 13.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.