In today’s high speed race of life, isn’t it just nice to take a night and ponder deeper thoughts. Like why I have been putting this post off for months now, why I couldn’t come up with anything newsworthy or enlightening to say. But then I thought maybe my 100th post doesn’t have to be, maybe it can be just me rambling on and on. But then again what would I want this post to stress, in this life? How can we each make a positive change in someone else’s life. How do we become more than who we are right now and my mind just circled around two very specific things that were taught to us from Jesus Christ.
Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
For years we (my family) have tried to live by these. Giving when needed, offering when asked, just doing what we thought was necessary. But I don’t really think that was the intent. We need to be loving GOD from our very core, with every thought, every choice, every breath. You see if we fill ourselves with love for Him so much there is no room for any negative, and what flows out from the over spill well, that can be like a dam bursting with so much love on the inside being held back it has to saturate everything it touches.
Just as the floods in TX (by the way I have friends there so don’t get all bent that I am using this as a parallel.) But the floods were just that rains that could not soak in just like if we are filled with love, our love spills out just as the waters did. Yes sometimes flood waters cause hurt and pain, and loss. But then look at the growth that will come of it, neighbor helping neighbor, towns banning together helping each other instead of thinking only about their own life. Grief shows up and we have support that gets us through each dark day or week.
Love has shown itself in SC also, those hurt by one person’s lack of love caused much pain, deep scars that will last lifetimes. Yet in the mists of all they forgave, like Jesus did upon the cross, they loved without bounds, limits, or strings. Unconditional love is strong, steadfast, always moving, like water flowing in a creek to stream, from stream to river from river to ocean…our love needs to be drawn together and move us in an ocean current or riptide. You can swim in this type of water if you are strong, knowledgeable, and patient. So if the love you have is only creek level are you ready to let go and join the riptide. Is life messy and unbearable at times yes, can we help each other through those valleys or currents of nothingness. It is what we are told to do love your neighbor as yourself, and as for me I am quite smitten with me so I have lots of love to give others. Its not a pride thing its knowing that I am here at this moment in time, writing this post because it would get done sooner or later…
I just have to love – that’s it, not hard but we make it so difficult. I will love them if they… I can’t love them now they did… If you love him/her its your loss…. I can’t make that choice for you but I wouldn’t…. we are thrown into so many don’t, can’t, shouldn’t that it has killed us of just being. That’s right just be love, no strings, no thank yous, no pomp and circumstance, just be LOVE. Let it fill you to overflowing and see where the riptide takes you. You have one life, many choices, and so many negatives in this world why not take a chance and see just how far LOVE can carry you.
For me my ride has not always been the most easy flowing, nor has it been without gasping for air, yet this has been true in all God has been right with me every DROP!
I have known Him since I was old enough to read, I have felt Him in the morning light when it first kisses my horizon line and wakes to birds to song. I have seen Him in the smile of loved ones and complete strangers. I have witness his miracle of new life, and held onto a life as it slips from this world. I have pictures of flowers (kinda a hobby passion with me I love flowers – did you know there are over 1,000,000 types of flowering plants in the world) and doesn’t this show the depth of Love from GOD and how HE designed all living things. Is my life just a chance (some want be to believe) of evolution, I for one think no way. How could I be random??? or for that matter some of the people I know be just random? No there is one Creator, and He made me for NOW and I for one LOVE this ride and am enjoying the VIEW along the way.
So the next time you have that spirit prompting, sixth sense, or spidey sense tell you to do something DO IT, you never know when you might be in for an upgrade from creek to stream.
If you paused to read thanks – feedback is always welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Until 101, you have my LOVE
SIH – Julie
AKA Gingham Chick