Friday, March 30, 2012

Called to Love.

Love is a teacher.

As do a lot of teachers, sometimes it fails you, but that doesn't mean it's giving up on you.
If love fails you, it works hard to show you that even when love breaks, you can pick up the pieces and put them together. Putting together the pieces can be exhausting, painful, and time-consuming...but once you figure out the puzzle you can look in the mirror and see how much stronger it has made you.

After this, you have two choices.

1) Stop loving, in fear that you will have to go through the process of picking up more broken pieces.
2) Use your new strength to love even more abundantly.

In case you weren't sure...the answer God wants us to choose is always the second one. This can be a hard choice to make. In order to do this you have to be vulnerable. You have to learn to be a risk taker. But you have to remember...we are CALLED TO LOVE.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.John 13:34

I have been using the past week to really focus on what it means to be called to love. A week ago today I was sitting two feet from the stage at the "Called to Love" tour with Aaron Shust, Jason Gray, and Downhere. Listening to all the artists talk about what it means to love was so convicting for me. Loving is no simple matter. Love means getting out of your comfort zone. It means putting aside your selfishness to love others even when you don't feel up to it. It means loving even when there's always a chance of being let down.

Throughout the week I started to get blind sighted. It was the first week back from spring break and I was tired. Loving was starting to look like more of a challenge. God obviously wasn't done teaching me to love because not long after my realization of my crappy attitude He brought Philippians 1:9 to my attention...

"I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding."

One of those "ok God, I'm listening" moments.

Love is HARD. I never realized it before. I used to think love was easy. But the true test of love is loving when the other person is being hard to love. When your family is driving you you shut them out or show them even more love and kindness? When friends don't want to you give up or keep being a good friend? When that stranger in the other car cuts you off, do you get mad or keep your cool?

It's every day stuff people. God gives us a million chances to  exercise our love. Take advantage of every needs all the practice it can get! Making your love stronger takes a lot of work and energy...but it will be worth it in the end. And truth are called by God to we have to keep working at it! Maybe we can't love with the same capacity as God...but hey, who says we can't try?

Monday, March 12, 2012

embrace today.

What happens in our yesterdays never lasts forever. Even in the instances where maybe our yesterdays do have lasting effects, our yesterdays change and grow into something more. Something better. Something called today. Everyone wishes at one point or another for a do-over. A chance to change what could have been, what should have been. Maybe you can't take back your yesterdays...but why on earth would you want to? Sure, maybe you made some poor choices. Maybe you have to pay a daily price for those choices. But if it weren't for all those yesterdays, you wouldn't have half the benefits of today.

The pains of yesterday eventually fade into today's healing.
The mistakes of yesterday eventually fade into today's wisdom.
The shame of yesterday eventually fade into today's forgiveness.
The regrets of yesterday eventually fade into today's lessons learned.

You can't re-do any of your yesterdays, but you can take advantage of today. You can walk backwards for as long as you want but it will get you nowhere except for an already traveled road. Accept yesterday for what it is and take advantage of today before it too becomes a yesterday. Instead of wishing for a do-over, use that time to think about what those regrets are, and then what actions you can take right now to make today different.

Yesterday might hold a million regrets, but it also holds a million lessons learned...
a million reasons to go into tomorrow stronger, wiser, and braver!

Friday, March 2, 2012


I've always loved mysteries.

I find that the greatest mystery is that of tomorrow.
     I mean many things happened to you today that you had no idea were going to happen?
          Yep...probably about one hundred.

Its like when I watch a suspenseful movie.
     You sit there on the edge of your seat with your hands gripped tightly together.
         It's a love/hate type thing.
             I always want to know what's going to happen, yet it's so much fun not knowing and being surprised!

Sometimes in life I just wish I knew what in the world was going on!
     Who? What? Why? When? Where? HOW???

But then I remember.
     God has my life in control. There's no need to worry. So why not just enjoy not knowing for a while?
          The suspense of the unknown is kinda exciting.
               And the possibilities of where life could take me are limitless!

Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and remember...
      Tomorrow may be a mystery to us...but it is never a mystery to our God!

Most reassuring thing EVER.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11