Today’s an extra special day because my niece Allie Roberts is traveling with us! Allie is a freshman at the University of North Alabama in Florence, but when she’s home, she lives right across the street from me. How awesome is that! If you doubt the generation coming up, Allie will renew your faith – in more ways than one. Show Allie some love by reading (and commenting on) what flowed from her heart. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
A phrase that I try to model my life after is ‘love endlessly and live intentionally.’ I feel like this idea embodies what we should represent as the body of Christ. We are called not only to love the Lord but to love others, through trials and tribulations.
The Lord commands us to love in 1 Corinthians 13:13 (MSG), “…trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of these three is love.” As Christians, we owe every family member, every friend, and every stranger our wholehearted, unscathed love. So when our family members mess up, when our best friends make mistakes, and when someone is rude for absolutely no reason, the response should always be the same. We answer with love, an abundance of love. If God’s grace extends to us, who are we not to extend our love to others?
God also desires for us to live intentionally in Him. As Christians, we have a purpose. We have a reason to wake up every single morning. We are here to walk with God, to bring light to those around us, to serve others. For me, it is much harder to live intentionally than it is to love. My first instinct is to love others, but there are days when I do not always feel as strong in my walk with the Lord. Some days I don’t want to get out of bed and be a light when I feel dark and tired. I don’t always want to be uplifting and kind when I am in need of restoration and affection. It takes more than just you alone wanting to live in a way that honors the Lord; it takes His spirit moving in you daily. When I feel weak, the Lord is my sword and shield. He is my shepherd; he restores my soul. He gives me strength (Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 119:28). This knowledge gives me the ability to live for God. It gives me the ability to truly serve others. There are always days when I falter; after all, we are only human. But our hearts must desire this way of life. We must long to sacrifice ourselves in order to worship the Lord with our lives. We were created to love and live for the Lord every single day.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1