“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15:9 “If you keep my commandments, you will abide
“This verse is not an instruction for us to make our bodies shiny and new like the temples we imagine. It’s not a direction to
The ways in which they are difficult, or sweet, or angry, or tired, or loving were made especially for you. You were equipped by God to take care of these specific beings, even if it may not seem like it.
need, he lifts us up. When we need comfort he sends a friend, or a word straight from him. When we need a miracle, he is ready to give it. We don’t have to work for it, we don’t deserve it, but he loves to do it. I imagine him up in heaven watching us receive these gifts. I imagine he is smiling as we take that first taste and close our eyes in satisfaction. I imagine that he watches our eyes light up and revels in the joy that he has created just for us.
There is so much darkness that even seemingly happy people are in when they do not have the Lord in their lives. And we are free from that. There is so much freedom in knowing that we live in the light, and are free from darkness. What things has the Lord saved you from? For you, personally, what darkness do you no longer remain in? Thank the Lord for that, and pray that others will find this freedom, too. Maybe, through you.
He gave us pride in career achievements, baby giggles, Girl Scout cookies, really good coffee, and romantic dates with our spouses to remind us that everything is not in fact meaningless. He gave us those precious gifts to remind us that the toil is not in vain, and that even those moments pale in comparison to what is awaiting us in heaven.