Church of Instagram

Have you ever considered replacing the most important meals of your day, with junk food? 

 
Imagine. Instead of eating a wonderful plate of bacon, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast—you have a bowl of M&M’s and a side of brownies. And for dinner, instead of eating some delicious green chicken enchiladas and a side of Spanish rice, you serve yourself a scrumptious bowl of rocky road ice cream. Maybe at first, for you junk food eaters, it may sound enticing. But I don’t think you could realistically sustain that type of diet.
 
Well, this is what people do spiritually when they replace a daily serving of God’s profound and meaty Word with imitation encouragement they find on social media.
 
How many of you are guilty of having stopped diving into the scriptures and become completely dependent on social media sites such as Instagram for your daily spiritual meals?
 
If that is you, then you have officially joined the Church of Instagram
 
JUST KIDDING!
 
Now don’t get me wrong. I enjoy skimming through the pages of Instagram posts—to find humorous memes and funny pictures. I have even found a variety of Christian sites that provide simple scriptures and encouraging posts that I myself have actually re-posted. 
 
But it is so easy to get sucked into the Church of Instagram; and believe ALL the positive affirmation posts that tickle our ears and make our hearts momentarily happy. But the reality is, these Instagram posts are not only misleading but not scriptural. We conveniently “like” posts that affirm our situations, instead of accepting responsibility for our wrongs and accepting need for correction. We “like” posts that encourage pride, self love, and and self-righteousness, instead of choosing the path of conviction through scripture that produces humility and softness. You see, the Bible says that “All Scripture…is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training…” In other words, the Word of God is written in a way that is suppose to change us. It should challenge our faith, and it should battle our thinking, and move us to modify our life style choices and decisions. 
 
So consider the next time you see a post that says,
 
“Do what makes you happy…”
 
or
 
“Never apologize for how you feel…”
 
or
 
“Remove all the negative thoughts in your mind and replace them with positivity…”
 

These posts are all lies. They are convenient positive affirmations that do nothing to help you grow, or learn, let alone change. Instead they perpetuate  pride, malice, bitterness, and anger. 

It is so important to evaluate the things that are feeding our souls; and I am encouraging you to turn off social media, spend less time on Instagram, and instead of posting selfie, after selfie, after selfie—Why don’t try to return to that place where you just humble yourself before God’s Word, and listen to what God has to say to your life. That place where we can agree to accept responsibility for our actions, and ask God to truly change our hearts. Let God’s word be that “…lamp to my feet” and a light down the path of your life. (Psalms 119:105).
 
Guard what feeds your heart and mind. 
Be protective of your daily spiritual meals.
 
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5) and do not lean on INSTAGRAM . 
 
 
 
 

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The iPhone X


How many of you have signed up to buy the newest iPhone? They call it the iPhone X—promising to be the next greatest invention since the first revolutionary iphone that hit the market some 10 years ago. I remember standing in line for the first iphone because I wanted the experience of holding a super computer in the palm of my hand. Now years later, that excitement has worn off and we still are led believe that with each updated phone, we are getting something better. Advertisers market new phones and phone companies offer great deals and convince you that you can have the “lastest and greatest” for just a small price-all the while, you’re honestly just senselessly spending your money and getting the same product. 
But why as a generation are we always in constant pursuit of something better?

Ironically, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that our universe is in a constant state of decay and deterioration. That’s why, if you spin something, it eventually slows down. The theory says that the universe is constantly losing energy.

Interestingly, the theory also can be applied to our lives. I mean, have you ever met anyone that gets younger instead of older? No.

So if our universe is actually in a constant state of deterioration, then that means nothing gets better.
Think about it in another context—relationships.

People leave their relationships or marriages for example, because “they aren’t happy.” Maybe their spouse or partner isn’t treating them the way they want. Maybe the spark of romance is no longer there. Maybe they look older, or have developed bad breath or bad habits over the course of the relationship. And you have convinced yourself that “YOU DESERVE MORE.”

How many of your find yourself feeling that way? Well, it’s a trap. LISTEN CAREFULLY!!!

NOTHING GETS BETTER! 

Focusing on relationships for a second, did you know that the National Center for Health Statistics report that in the United States, 50% percent of first marriages end in divorce— 67% of second marriages end in divorce…and if you think that is bad—a whopping 74% of third marriages end in divorce.

Yet, even with those statistics, we find that our generation continues to feed into the TRAP and change relationships like they change their socks. 

We tell ourselves that WE DESERVE MORE or there are GREATER OPPORTUNITIES out there!

We say “I am not happy—and I give up ” thinking that if we change our external circumstances, then our situations will change. And that my friends—is a lie.

The bible says “Keep your lives free from covetousness, and be content with what you have.” (Hebrews 13:5). In other words, BE HAPPY AND STOP THINKING THAT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING BETTER!

The truth is…there is and always will be something greater out there. But if our minds and hearts DO NOT CHANGE—neither will our circumstances!

There was a time in my life where I pursued a higher education, a home, a car, kids, travel and a family. And truthfully,  in these past few years, I have found myself increasingly restless regarding the life God has given me; evaluating my journey. But in retrospect, now some 20 years later—I step back and realize that I have achieved everything I’ve ever wanted. Yet, sometimes, our need for fulfillment and validation—our desire for sensation and attention—or our hope for love and purpose—is blurred by the lie that it’s not enough. BUT DO NOT GIVE IN TO THAT LIE.

Today, my prayer for myself and for those reading this—is that we can stop feeding our ego and we would remain hungry for God, instead of constantly sitting at the banquet of selfishness full of ourselves. I pray that we find a place where we are content with what we have—or who we are, or who we are with—rather than being in this constant state of unhappiness or feeling unfulfilled—or being led by the promise of someone who proposes to offer you more. 

I pray that we find a peace in who we are in Christ, because the need for fulfillment will never end. We will always want more. Someone will always offer you the world. But do not give in to the lie.

Look around you. Do you have clothes in your back? Do you have a home or place to sleep? Do you have food in your fridge? Do you have good health? Do we have our families in tact? 

Think about it.

Be grateful. 

Live daily in that peace. 

Rest in God. 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Point the finger

Have you ever heard the saying “Do as I say, and not as I do.” It’s actually a funny example that is often used in the context of parenting. Parents will say “Don’t drink…” or “Don’t have sex…” to their teenage sons or daughters; yet those same parents spent their adolescent years drinking and having sex in disobedience to their own mother and father. 

I think what parents actually intend to say is “Don’t make the same mistakes I did!”

Generally speaking, it’s ironic how people can try and give advice but not follow it themselves. I think as Christians we have to be careful not to cross the line of giving advice that we cannot follow ourselves. (Believe me, as I write this, I do so with conviction).

So is a marital counselor who has marriage problems suddenly disqualified from giving counsel? Is a teacher who has a son or daughter failing in academics, not eligible to teach? Or is a Pastor who struggles in his spirtuality, suddenly disqualified from sharing the Word of God?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

So then why are we so quick to judge people? Why are we so quick to establish conclusions about people’s lives and disqualify them simply because of discrepancies we find or see?
The Bible says “You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5). 

It is with the best intentions, we encourage people because we want them to live right. The Bible says “You will know them by their fruits…” In other words, we will be able to see through the genuineness of a person’s life in the reflection of say their marriage or relationship, their children, or job. While some may disagree, we must always remember that while we point the finger at others, there’s always more fingers pointing back at us. 

So next time someone judges you or critiques your life–don’t be offended. Just remember that usually when we ask God to help us grow–he typically makes it rain. Let it wash you. Let the rain water and revive those dry areas in your life. 

Today, remind yourself that God is your judge. He is a God of forgiveness and a God that understands. Know that He understands your struggle and while He does not give you a “get out of jail free card” for every mistake you make–He is still God. He is still on the throne and He is still not like us. 

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I can do what I want.  The end. 


How many times have you had those dreams where you were flying euphorically through the sky like Superman. Psychologists and Dream analysts alike say that flying in a dream can actually be interpreted oppositely. Dreams where you are flying actually mean that you are “not free” and/or “feel restricted in some way.”

I find that there is a general misconception when it comes to freedom. You’ll hear young adults reference freedom by saying (with a voice of rebellion)…”when I’m 18, I’ll be able to do this or that…” Or perhaps in the context of a problematic relationship, a person might say “when I’m out of this relationship, I can do what I wantthe end.

Interestingly, people usually misinterpret the idea of being “free” with an action. However freedom is not so much “the ability to do what we want, but rather the RIGHT to do what we ought.” In other words, just because we have the freedom to do something, does not mean we should. 

Jesus says in John 14:6 “for I AM the…truth…” because true freedom is not something we can do or touch…it is not tangible or something that can be purchased. True freedom is dependent upon where the understanding of God is, in relation to our lives. SO IF WE KNOW GOD, then we will know FREEDOM.

So whether you are rich or poor, married or single, old or young–at some point you can experience this need for a perceived FREEDOM. BUT instead of seeking freedom we can experience a sort of mental and emotional imprisonment simply because of the disconnect from the nature of purpose and meaning. As a believer in God, I believe that true freedom means to live a life that honors God

If you imagine it this way–a domesticated bird who lives its life in a cage–is suddenly taken outside. The door to the cage is opened and the bird is presented with the opportunity to fly away. Contemplating the dangers also associated with this freedom–including predatory animals, changes in climate, the need to search for food and more–the bird must make a choice. 

So the question remains—is the cost of being “free” worth the dangers associated with it? 

Can we acknowledge that God does not imprison us with rules to life–but rather protects us from the dangers associated with living a life without HIM?

My prayer is that as you seek purpose and meaning in your life; and as you search for freedom–physical, emotional, and spiritual..that you also remain conscience to the implications that each decision has. 

May your pursuit to find freedom–not lead you down a path of obscurity or self-destruction; but that you eventually realize that your freedom is only found in the place you’ve known all along–in God. 

Don’t fool yourself. If you are looking to do what you want–God will allow to do that too. But if you are truly seeking truth and freedom–you’ll find it (Jeremiah 29:13). You won’t find it in bars, drinking, or simply doing what you want–you’ll only find it humbly on your face before God.  

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God NEVER removed the crown


Do you remember the feeling of getting on your first rollercoaster–the anxiety of that long ascent preparing for the first drop…the deep pulse of the rhythm of your heart beat, and the almost peaceful silence as you climb to the very top. Then suddenly the steep descent and the feeling of breathlessness; there is a race of emotions we experience as we sit helpless through the maze of twisting turns and spins…And that is how life feels sometimes

There have been many days when I have been so grateful and happy…everything seems to be going right. All my bills are paid, I have money in the bank, I have my health, and feel at general peace with myself. Yet there are other times I have woken up and felt like a complete failure. 

I think about King David, a man that the Word of God says “was a man after God’s own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14). David experienced quite an array of problems throughout his life. While David slayed Goliath as a teen and had many victories and accomplishments–he still experienced difficult seasons in his life time and time again. Think about this–even while anointed King by the Prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13), he was noted to have committed horrible sins including adultery and murder. Did you know that?

So then how could David have remained a “man after Gods own heart…” while making such mistakes and committing such treacherous sins (2 Samuel 11:2-5)?

How could the promise of God remain over David’s life even amidst the mistakes he made?

If you study the life of David, you will see that he possessed a character that sought after God. He was a person that was continuously pointed back to humility. While there were times that seemed utterly hopeless, David’s hope remained in God. 

There has been times in my life personally, that I have felt victories; and then other seasons I have felt insignificant and without purpose. An author by the name of Oswald Chambers says “If God allows you to be stripped of the exterior portions of your life, He means for you to cultivate the interior.”
If you find yourself in that season, remember this; that even amidst all of David’s failures and mistakes, God is simply calling you to examine your life and character. Recently during a very vulnerable time in my life, someone prayed for me and reminded me that God NEVER removed the crown from King David’s head. The Bible says that even despite all his mistakes, the anointing of God never left David (1 Samuel 16:13).
And the anointing of God won’t leave you–IF we continue to seek after Him. IF our faith is unconditional, and not circumstantial–AND IF our hearts remain repentant and pliable…the promise that God has for our lives will remain. 
It’s been many years since I stopped leading worship full time. Maybe because of my past illness, the emotional roller coasters I’ve experienced, or personal mistakes I’ve made–the virtual course of my life has seemed to change. But I know that God NEVER removed the crown from my head and the anointing that God has over my life remains. And it remains over your life too. 
Why? Because even though we change, God doesn’t. He is not finished with me yet. And He isn’t finished with you. 

Remember…

He remains faithful. 

He remains in control. 

He is still on the throne. 

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Plastic Surgery

Have you ever sat back and looked at a picture album of old pictures…and see a photo of your younger self and sarcastically ask “who is that?” Everyone over the course of their life, changes physically. In fact, research says that from the time we are infants to adulthood, we no longer live in the same body because of the amount dead skin cells we shed. We literally have a completely different outer shell from the body we were as children. As a society we focus a lot of energy on our physical appearance. In fact, some people have become obsessed with their looks–and go so far as to have plastic surgeries, fillers, botox, and lip injections, perhaps in an attempt to feel better about themselves. Who knows what personal reasons people do those things? But the irony is that in an age where we have so much beauty around us…we also have a plentitude of insecurity and depression too.   

Social media sites are flooded with “feel good” quotes and beauty blogs with tips on how to stay young and beautiful. Fashion websites and pictures of gorgeous models, wearing the most expensive and luxurious name brands saturate the internet–giving a landscape of people that appear nearly physically perfect.  

But now a days, just being beautiful is NOT GOOD ENOUGH!  
Why? Because true beauty is more than just the “outer shell.”  

True beauty is not the characteristic that saves relationships and marriages–its faithfulness.

Beauty doesn’t take care of a person who is ill with cancer–its compassion.

Beauty doesn’t raise your children into amazing people–its understanding and patience.

Beauty doesn’t graduate college, nope…its intellect.

Beauty doesn’t glue a relationship together when you hit a rocky point in your life—its honesty and respect. 

And beauty, sure isn’t the reason a person would buy a ring and humbly propose marriage–its geninueness and vulnerability.

The simple truth is –we must be more than one dimensional as a person.  In other words, true beauty is not just the outer layer of our skin, but who we are as people. It is our character.

Maybe instead of lip injections or fillers or plastic surgeries…we need to have open heart surgery…because we waste our money in the end, if all we have to offer is just a pretty face.

Maybe its time to allow God to come into our lives…and renew our heart and mind instead. Because we can be the most beautiful people on the outside—but be the most treacherous sinful and ugly people on the inside.

The Bible says that “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a person who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30). 

It also says “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 

1 Peter 3:3-4 says “Do not let your adorning be external— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

If we are willing to receive this understanding with an open and sincere spirit…If we truly want to see the Lord do something amazing in our life… and we are willing to humble ourselves before God…Maybe first, we will realize that it isn’t our faces that needs fixing, but our hearts.

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ACTING CLASS


Have you ever met someone who vehemently says that they go to the gym and eat healthy, despite the obvious fact that their overall physical appearance may not reflect that? Now I am not picking on “fluffy” people (lol); I simply am using this as an example of how sometimes we want to be something—that we are not. We may try and affiliate ourselves with a group of people, but fail to meet the standards and expectations for such membership. Even Christians for example, have the tendency to present themselves one way, and more than often, act another. I think Christian’s who behave this way…might have been attending an Acting Class, as opposed to church. 

Recently, my daughter performed a drama called “King of Hearts” at church that gave the illustration of wearing masks in our daily lives. Once the mask was removed, it revealed a person of complete contrast. One illustration was of a beautiful, perhaps conceited, young woman who appeared to have confidence and self-love; but the moment the mask was removed–an insecure, doubtful, and low self-esteemed person was revealed. 

There are plenty of memes on Instagram that address our character as people—perhaps reminding us that God cares about the heart of the person, as opposed to the mask. People use the terminology like “keep it 100” or “I am keepin’ it real…” in an attempt to supplement true genuineness.

But are they really? 
Is “keeping it real” mean we live in sin and are proud of it?
Is “keeping it real” mean we can offend people as long as we are HONEST or “straight-forward?”
Or is “keeping it real…” mean that we lose people in our lives that can’t handle the truth?
Paul says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). In other words, Paul himself struggles with the idea of living a life that is righteous before God. Paul is “keepin’ it real..” but he is also keeping it humble.
Because the truth is, when we are humble and honest before God—we will seek change. When we are honest and humble before God, we are not boastful or proud of our sin. In fact, the bible says that We are saved by Grace…”not by anything we have done…” (Ephesians 2:9). So what gives us the credentials to “keep it real…” yet, claim to be humble, when we choose to emit such pride? We can’t presume to be close to God, when our lives don’t testify to it. Because liking a post on Instagram doesn’t change your heart, anymore than pretending to go to the gym and eating a cheeseburger instead.    
Perhaps, we have spent too much time in Acting Class, and not enough time evaluating our lives. Maybe it is time to sit down and have a full course meal of humble pie…and throw away the trash that is laid before us at the banquet table. Maybe it’s time to remove people in our lives that encourage us with ungodliness and fill our hearts with pride…and instead return to that place where we can safely be broken before God—not because we are weak…but because HE is strong.

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Time Traveler


It is sort of cliche to say “Live with no regret…” because once you choose to do something in your life—you can’t change it. At least you can’t change the past. How many times have you wished to “time travel” and go back and redo things in your life? Unfortunately, due to the laws of physics, it is just not possible. LOL but boy, do I wish it was. 

Because regret can plague us. 

Regret can cause us to stop living.

Regret can keep us sort of stuck in this mental state like standing in a pool of sludgy mud. In my mind, I choose to view my life experiences as lessons. Someone once told me that life is like a classroom–and those that refuse to remain teachable, will remain the same. 
The Word of God says that “wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old things are passed away, they are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). I appreciate this scripture because it references our experience when we come to an acknowledgement that God is in control of our lives. And if He is control of our lives, then there are no coincidences. In other words, everything we experience is orchestrated carefully by the Creator. 
But what about our continued mistakes? Perhaps doing things over and over and over again. Perhaps our past isn’t our past; and our past is STILL OUR PRESENT. What if we verbally say, we have made things right with God, but continue living in our ways. We continue doing the same thing over and over, expecting new results? 
According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) a psychological measuring tool says that the meaning of “Insanity” is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Maybe we aren’t Insane, but sometimes I think that we are driven by our emotions rather than logic. We are a fragile people driven by “hurt” and can continue doing things with the intent to hurt others. This doesn’t help us, it actually hurts ourselves. We are hurting ourselves because we are complacent about who we are. We become complacent about how we live. 

I don’t know about you, but even despite what the Bible says about our past…I don’t want to be the same person I was 10 years ago. I don’t want to be the same person I was last year; and I don’t want to be the same person I was yesterday. I don’t want to continue doing the same things or acting out my emotions expecting people to believe otherwise. 

I just want things to be right in my life. 

I just want to have a heart that genuinely seeks after truth, love, and peace with everything and everyone. 
I know that we aren’t defined by our mistakes, but we are defined by how we treat people and respond to situations. AND We ARE defined by our social media and we will continue to be defined by the people around us. 
Fortunately, the Bible says that “His mercies are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:23). And so, God bestows upon those that truly trust in Him, an opportunity to make things right. Thank God for that. 
But we have to put that belief into action. If. And while we may want new beginnings, living the same way sure doesn’t prove it. 
Start over today. 

God is a God of second, third, fourth, and a thousand chances. Start over today by forgiving. Start over today in Gods love. 
Just start over. 
Reset. 

Colossians 3:12-14*

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Be a worm. 


One of my favorite accounts in the Bible is found in the Gospel of John, chapter 8. It is the story of the woman who was about to be stoned to death for her sins. The accusers “reminded Jesus that adultery was punishable by stoning under the Mosaic Law and challenged him…” In a meek, yet powerful demonstration of Jesus’ compassion for this sinner, he responded to the angry crowd, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” And one by one, the accusers began walking away. Jesus looks to the woman and asked her “Where are your accusers? Has anyone condemned you? She said, “No.” Then Jesus replied, “Then neither do I. Now go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)

It is common that even for non-believers or non-Christians, for people to be so quick to point out the spiritual or biblical expectation for those who proclaim to know Jesus. If you are outward about your faith, and profess to be Christian in your family, at school or in your workplace, you have been challenged in your faith at one point or another, for your actions and for the way that you live. Have you ever experienced a friend or a co-worker say, “that’s not very Christian.” Sometimes, this sort of judgement and criticism can often come from fellow believers or Christians as well, in an attempt to hold a person accountable for their behavior. I have even heard people say in a moment of criticism of others, “they aren’t real Christians” because of something the person said or did. I’m often left perplexed because of the misnomer that “Christians” are perfect people—AND there is NOTHING further from the truth. In fact, to be Christian is to come to a realization that you are actually the opposite of that. To acknowledge a faith in God, often leads you towards the understanding that we are horrible sinners, unworthy of God’s mercy. Even the Apostle Paul, in a moment of self-reflection upon his own life said “What a wretched man I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death” (Romans 7:24)? 

I often find myself in this place of self-reflection, in seasons where I have not lived up to a certain expectation. Whether it is as a father, or a husband, or as an employee, or as a ministry leader…I think that is normal. But generally speaking, I think it is safe to say that the key to a healthy spiritual life is self-evaluation. 
I think we tread in pretty dangerous territory when we cannot admit our wrongs. We live in this age of narcissism, where it is easy to blame others and never accept responsibility for things we do wrong. It is easy to respond in anger, rather than humility—because we would have to actually admit that when we made a mistake and that we are wrong.  
When Jesus voluntarily took the sins of the world, the Bible says that he became as a “worm” (Psalm 22:6). He allowed himself to be trampled, spit upon, stabbed, and struck by His accusers. Ironically, when a worm is attacked, it is defenseless. It has no means to protect itself, and lies there helpless. However, when a snake is attacked, it strikes its predator. When a snake is attacked, it becomes hostile and bites anything and anyone in its reach. 

Consider the irony in those moments when we are accused. Do you become as worm or a snake?

Remember that when we are wrong, we don’t continue doing the things we do. When we are wrong, we don’t celebrate our sin. If we profess to have a relationship with God, we don’t submerge ourselves in more sin. NO! We take the moment to fall on our faces before the feet of God, and reflect on our lives and our decisions. We must look to God as our example, even if that means becoming as a worm. 

 Lord, I do fear rejection or admitting that I am wrong at times. I only look to You for daily restoration and am dependent upon You for healing. May I see the things that I need to change in my life. May my sin be put to death and may my old man be arrested. Whether I have sinned or not, I submit my life to your will. Give me a hate for sin, not people.

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God is romantic. 

Life is a funny thing. We are born, we live, and along the way and through the years we wrestle with finding our place in this world. And if we are lucky (figuratively speaking)…along our journey, we might find someone to experience and share our lives with. 

I recently had the privilege of being a part of my brother in law’s awesome wedding, and experienced such a joy and fresh love as this couple made their vows and confessions of love–and celebrated the first step in their new journey. 

As the evening progressed, I began to sense a wonderful joy in the air, the ambience was romantic, in the settling of the summer evening sun and I was reminded of something–so simple yet so profound. 

That God is romantic too

Not in the sense that you’re thinking. God is not going to whisk you off your feet and take you to dinner…no, not that kind of romance. But rather, He loves us with a Divine Romance–a selfless and unending –and forever changing kind of love. The kind of love that takes your breath away–and leaves you in “awe and wonder.” A kind of love that is unfailing and constant. It is not fragile, but strong–it uphold us in our insecurities. It secures us in our depression. It keeps us in our loneliness; and embraces us in our doubt. 

It is only when we experience the love of God, that we can even begin to love others and even ourselves. 

In fact, the Bible says that to emulate God’s love is outward. In other words, the closer we get to God, the further we move away from ourselves. And so seeing my brother express his selfless love to his new bride on this evening, reminded me that God is not dead.

When we can love without any consideration of ourselves–we have captured the essence of HIS divine love. 
The irony is that, love is a process. It is both a struggle and a journey. Both difficult and amazing. Both toxic and mesmerizing. And it is always with a careful balance that we serve God–as we struggle with ourselves, our desires and God’s desires. A preacher once said that “as long as we live in this flesh, we will be at conflict with it.” In other words, we will struggle in our relationship with God. But one thing is for sure, is that God constantly reminds us that He is faithful through it all. (1 John 4:8)

Lord, continue to remind me that my life has value. That through the purchase of my life by your willing death on the cross, that You divinely gave my life value. Thank you God. Continue to fill me anew with Your love. Be my purpose today and forever. 

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