Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What Love Does

My commandment is this—
to love one another.  John 15

Jesus commands us to love others:
Christians, neighbors, enemies.
"Love others like you love yourself."
We can only do this if we know His love.
Left to itself, our larger than life ego 
will always want to be all we need.

Most of Jesus’ teachings address the ego.
Don't be judgmental, angry, or greedy.
Don’t seek revenge or withhold forgiveness.
Love doesn't look like any of these.
Love isn't rude, angry, puffed up, 
self-serving or resentful.

Sometimes we go through a season of
brokenness where the ego has nothing to offer.
Brokenness doesn't feed the ego.
It doesn’t lead to a greater desire to judge,
criticize, preach, or be verbally aggressive.
It leads to a greater desire to be 
gracious, merciful, and kind.

Because during these seasons, we are 
sustained by His love, mercy, and kindness.
It's all we know. And it is enough.
None of us deserves the grace, 
mercy, and kindness that is Christ.
We get it anyway. 
It’s what love does.
We are living today in a broken world,
one in desperate need of love.
Oh that we might see our own broken,
and allow the love of Christ to be all we need.
Our desire to represent that love to others might
 just shut down some of the loud, opinionated,
and angry ego running wild in culture today.

His command is this: love one another.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Walking with the Eagles

Those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They soar like eagles, run and don’t get tired, 
walk and don’t lag behind. Is 40:31

New day, new challenges, fresh strength.
In the spiritual and in the physical, it takes
fresh strength to even walk sometimes.
But even as others may be soaring and running
all around us, we are NOT lagging behind.

I have run enough 10Ks and other races to
know I have never been a fan of lagging.
I trained hard so as not to be a “lagger."
But today is not about training;
it's about receiving.

God wants to give us all fresh strength.
It provides the grace we need to 
think positively, to hold on to hope, 
to choose mercy, and to believe 
that love always wins.
We desperately need these every day--
whether soaring, running 
or barely walking.
Yesterday’s strength is never sufficient
for what today holds in store.
But with fixed eyes, and waiting hearts,
He pours out fresh strength for 
where ever we are...NOW.
This race isn’t about natural turf one bit.

Today I'm walking with the soaring eagles.
Neck and neck.