A while ago, I received a journal for Christmas to scratch down my wandering mind, and yes, sometimes it wanders lots! And it’s lots of scratchings.
I love new journals. As if the writing down of my thoughts, my prayers in a ‘new’ book will start a new and fresh and exciting stage in my life.
On the front of this empty book are the following words, ‘Life of Love.’ It spoke to something within me. If that could only depict my Life. A Life of Love. Love for my God and love for my neighbour.
Immediately I knew how it described God, an eternal life of love. Because He is love itself. Without Him, there is no true perfect love. The love we humanly describe as love is such a watered-down version. Imperfect in its action and thoughts, but still amazing because that Love inside of us comes from Our Creator. Even if we don’t realize it.
In walked my daughter and granddaughter and my thoughts were interrupted. My granddaughter’s hair is so curly that often people ask who does she take after? Invariably we state, ‘her Mother,’ but yes, she also takes after her Father.
I was struck with this thought. Would I ever hear someone say that about me? ‘She takes after her Father! Her life is full of love.’
This love may not yet be complete and perfect like my heavenly Father’s, but it shows some resemblance. People would recognize something in me that reflects something of God.
Oh, what a responsibility God has given us!
You can look at it that way, or how about another way, the Spirit within me whispered, “I am so imperfect and always will be till I reach the place, the ‘room’ my Father has made for me in His house.”
So why not call upon His Grace to fill you? Ask for His help in loving better, loving more. Seek out His assistance in seeing with the eyes of Love, touching with the hands of Love, hearing the cries of people in need, doing it all with Love.
If true Love, Sacrificial Pure Love can only come from God then ask Him to share that Love with you.
Oh, I felt free! I don’t have to try and do it all by myself. What a relief. For I know my weaknesses. I know I want to do the right thing and love completely, wholly, purely. But it just does not happen. Tiredness creeps in. Selfishness, a judgemental attitude, a ‘what about me first’ attitude comes to the fore.
My transformation – that evolving into the person God created me to be – only happens on the other side of surrender.
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, once said, “the greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”
As Christians, our power was first promised by Christ after the resurrection and given to us on the day of Pentecost by the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:49 says, ‘and see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so, stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
It is only in our surrender to our God that the third person of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit – can ‘clothe’ us with His Power. The image I get is kneeling before the throne of God and being encased in a royal robe and the touch of The Holy Spirit setting our hearts aflame for God.
His Love surrounds us, is within us.
But notice the picture. I’m kneeling. I’m surrendering. I’m allowing The Holy Spirit to clothe me.
So as my mind wanders with imagery of God, my heart knows now how I can Love Better. Love more perfectly. How I can have that ’Life of Love’ that started these thoughts?
Surrender myself, all of me, hold nothing back to the God of love each day and ask for Him to be merciful and gracious and fill me more with His Love.