Monday, April 16, 2012

Homesick For What I Have

You can never give another person 
that which you have found, 
but you can make him homesick 
for what you have. 
My Utmost for His Highest

The incarnate life of Christ--
His Spirit alive and living through us--
is God's way of demonstrating His life
in this material world.
Our overflowing, abundant life in Christ
must speak to those who are still trying
to make sense and draw meaning 
from all that goes on in this world.
My life is no different from others in the sense of 
good days, plain old daily days, and hard days--
joys, challenging circumstances, trials and suffering.
But my responses should be different,
and they should make people wonder.
The beauty and joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ 
should speak to searching hearts, 
hearts that are looking for something more,
something that feels like home.
And the more we become like Him,
the greater is our witness of His life. 
Rules, regulations and religious expectations
will not draw people to His heart.

If you want to build a ship, 
don't drum up people to collect wood 
and don't assign them tasks and work, 
but rather teach them to long for 
the endless immensity of the sea.  
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
You can't build a ship without the labor, 
but without a longing for the beauty of the sea, 
it is duty and drudgery.
Jesus, help me live in the fullness of Your life, 
loving You and loving others like You commanded me to. 
May my life speak to the longing in the hearts of those 
who have not discovered the joy of being home
in Your Father's heart.
May the joy of knowing You
make others homesick for what I have.


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