Monday, September 22, 2014
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbors yourself." Matthew 22:36-39
In order to love God with all my heart, soul and mind, I admit that it takes intentional effort --- but after ALL He has done for me, taking time to talk to God, to listen for His voice, to wait upon the Lord, to hear what He has to say, to seek His comfort, His guidance is not something I do out of obligation or duty. Not a duty but a joy! Once upon a time I was like Alice in Wonderland chasing my dream of being cherished and loved. I chased many a rabbit and fell into the underworld. When God called me as I was and gave me His word, His love - I was born again as His precious, beloved child. I belonged to the King and became a member of a huge family! Overflowing with thankfulness, I grew as a result of the faithful kindness, patience and grace of God and the saints He placed in my life. Remember our first love? Remember how we could not stop thinking about them, how we could not do enough for them...we loved, not to impress, not to score points, not to gain favor, but out of pure love we gave our time, our dreams, our money and our commitment to love them no matter what. This is the description of loving God above all else, and then loving our neighbors as ourselves. "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13)
"Let us therefore live a life that demands an explanation"
Jason Velo 3/14/10 Connexions Class at Crossroads Manteca