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January 15, 2016
You know what is so unbelievably comforting?
The fact that the value of my life is not based on how much I can do to show the Lord I love Him but rather the amount of love I am willing to receive from Him.
I know we always coin this as, “It’s not about our performance, it’s about His”, and that’s exactly right, but do you really—deep down in your soul—know what that means?
Like, day to day, how do we apply that? What does that mean for us? How does that change our purpose?
Well, for starters, it takes the pressure off.
We, in our very existence, are loved. Just as we are, for who we are. There are no gimmicks or shortcuts are tricks to be on the top of “God’s most Loved” chart. We all have a reserved spot at the top.
How cool is that?!?!
And do you wanna know something that is just going to totally blow your mind?
No one can take that from you. Not even yourself and your mistakes or shortcomings.
(Lifting my hands in praise as I type for that kind of grace!)
So what is the difference among us? How do some seem so fulfilled and some seem so empty?
I’ll tell you what I think.
I think it’s their knowledge and awareness of the Savior’s love for them that provides their fulfillment!
In turn, their life is transformed, their heart craves His love, their soul thirsts for more, their hands are ready to do His work and the story no longer is about them. So while, yes, the picture of their life changes, it was never about how much they loved their Savior, it was always about how much He loved them.
So what does that mean for you? And for me?
That we are never exempt from being fulfilled, from living a life that is rich and full and abundant and bursting with goodness! That our life isn’t supposed to be lived in survival mode or seen as half-empty because then it is based on our doing!
That’s what we must understand. Our discontent is never because of the love we lack to give but rather the love we lack to receive.
Think about it.
Our struggles, our insecurities, our fears, our mistakes, our addictions, etc.—they all stem from a withering soul. A soul that has not basked in the love that has been so freely lavished upon it; a soul that tries desperately to grow more on its own so that it can be seen by the sun when all it really needed to do was look at the sun and then it would grow.
May you know the same for your heart, friend!
When you start to understand and rest and trust in the love the King has for you, your life will look different.
A love so big, so mighty, so complete and so unwavering, it simply can not touch without transforming. That is just what it does.
So, focus on His love for you today.
Read His love letters to you – that is what they are there for!
When you make a mistake or you let your mind worry or you become consumed in your performance, refocus your heart and remember: You are operating out of fulfillment, not for it.
YOU ARE LOVED!!!
“May have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” -Ephesians 3:18
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