Embrace

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My first Sunday in church in 2014 and a fellow friend and congregation member, Rich, encouraged us to find one word for 2014.  In that very instant a word dropped into my thought process, EMBRACE.   God didn’t waste anytime.  He called me in that moment to a year committed and devoted to embracing all that He has for me this year.

What will this year look like if I choose to EMBRACE each and every thing He has for me?  To embrace the day before me?  To embrace the divine opportunities, relationships, responsibilities, challenges, and experiences?  The thought of it exhaust me.  But then I realize he’ll probably ask me to embrace rest, restoration, peace and even strength.

I have a feeling if I hold to this calling on my life this year from God, to EMBRACE all that HE has for me in 2014, that I will never be the same.  I have a feeling that this year will be different.  I’ve never felt this before so strongly.  I’m changing, I’m acting.  I feel as though my wait is over.  I might as well call it my procrastination.  I’ve been pushing away for too long.  I’ve shunned and shied away long enough.  I’ve tried to shield myself from this uncomfortable place that scared me into defying instead of embracing.

But something has happened in me.  In a moment I’m freed.  In a moment I’m changed.  I am committed.  I am devoted.  I am determined.  I am EMBRACING.

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Useless or Useful

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Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!  Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!  But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. – 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

What do you hold on to more than love itself?

The Corinthian’s were obsessed with prophecy, speaking in tongues, and great knowledge.  There’s nothing wrong with these things of course, unless you hold on to them more than love itself.

Paul makes it very clear that these things are trivial compared to love.  They will even one day become completely useless.

But love… Oh love will last FOREVER!

That’s a huge concept if you STOP to think about it.  Forever, never ending, unfailing for all time, even outside of time itself.  Love has always been and always will be.  It’s so absolute.

Then how do we all miss it?  I include myself in this.  How do we spend so much more of our time and energy investing into things that are partial and incomplete rather than into love itself.

Have you been investing more into the things of this world that are only partial and incomplete rather than into love itself?

If I choose to invest first and foremost into love… I’d spend more time being one with the LORD mind, body, soul and spirit.  I’d spend less time in my own world and more time in HIS.  Opening my heart to things bigger than myself, larger than life.  I want to be useful not useless.  I want to be a vessel, a conduit of God’s lasting love.  I want to be a part of something that will never end, never fail, and last forever and ever.

Be encouraged today.  Choose to invest first and foremost into love.  You just might become part of something larger than this life.