I don’t want to waste this day

I keep little snippets of text, thoughts, images in a my Evernote account that I run across each day. Sometimes I never go back to look at them. This morning I started going through some old notes and came across this image that I took while reading The Purpose Driven Life almost 2 years ago.

The Bible quote comes from Galatians 5:6

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Paul is talking about freedom in Christ. How following the law does not gain us entrance to Heaven. Only faith in Christ and what his death on the cross does that for us.

Faith is not just a mere intellectual agreement with that. It’s a living and breathing thing. Believing in God’s grace that manifests itself in acts of love.

I love the next statement in the book, which is really the focus of my photo.

Knowing this, I suggest that when you wake up every morning, you kneel by your bed, or sit on the edge of it, and pray this: “God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving you and loving other people — because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day.”

I don’t want to waste this day. This day was created for us to love God and to love his creation. Loving other people, that may not love us back, is an expression of faith because God loved us, even when we didn’t love Him back. He sent His son to die, to become the accused for us, even before we were born.

This day was created for us to love like Jesus loved us.

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Stars

 

When we think of God, we think of the creator of the universe. The beginning and the end. God is omnipresent and omniscient. God sits outside of time and can see all. And we rightly worship a God so great. He deserves our praise and our adoration. By all rights he should really take no notice of us as we are insignificant compared to his glory.

But, amazingly and thankfully that is not how God is. I was sitting around thinking this afternoon about why God would bother hearing my prayers or taking notice of my insignificant problems.

Then as God usually does he placed something in front of me that answered these doubts for me.

Stars by Skillet came on my play-list and listening to the lyrics made me realize that God knows me by name.

You spoke a word and life began
Told oceans where to start and where to end
You set in motion time and space
But still you come and you call to me by name.

Despite the power and the glory of God, he still calls me by name. When I remembered that, my worries didn’t seem so important, or at least I realized I wasn’t in this alone. God hadn’t forgotten me or didn’t think of my problems as insignificant. He remembers my name.

But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1

No matter how deep despair you may fall into, or how stressed you may feel from life, God never leaves our side.

The deepest depths, the darkest nights
Can’t separate, can’t keep me from your sight
I get so lost, forget my way
But still you love and you don’t forget my name

When we stray from God, stray from the path God has laid before us, he never leaves us. We may not feel God’s presence, but that is not because he isn’t there, he’s simply waiting for us:

Whenever I fall away
Whenever I start to break
So here I am, lifting up my heart
To the one who holds the stars.

The Perfect Love

This Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love and traditionally spend it with those we love deeply.  Men we’ll take our wives out to dinner and wish our daughters and other ladies in our lives a happy Valentines Day.  We celebrate love in all it’s human forms.   But we shouldn’t forget about the perfect love that God has for us.  Look at what Christ did for us.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  -Romans 5:8

Let that soak in for a minute.  It always gets me when I read that verse.  He died, gave up his live, took on the weight of our sin….even while we were still sinning.  Those of us that weren’t even born yet…he died for us, before we were born.  We still sinned and continue to sin, yet Christ died for us.

He died for us, knowing full well, that we might never love him back.  Now that is what I call true love.

So today on Valentine’s day, I’m gonna spend some time with my loved ones here on earth, celebrating what we have together.   However, I’m spending some time with the one that loves me perfectly.  Thank you Jesus!

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