“Like our Savior, who poured out His life and blood so we have reason to rejoice, we were made to lay down our lives and give until it hurts. We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things. It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of. This is our purpose for living. This is our hope. “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5)”—Francis Chan
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”—A Game Of You, Neil Gaiman (via wrists)
One of the reality checks you must perform before you date someone is to make sure that you’re ready to love him through God and not to love God through him.
He can be great and spiritual and make you believe that you’re drawing nearer to God, but if he is drawing you to God through himself, you will find yourself simply drawing nearer to his spirituality and not genuinely drawing near to God. There still exists a void between you and God.
You must FIRST love God and be satisfied in Him. God must be your first love. Find your identity in Christ. Let Christ be the one to shape who you are and draw you closer to Himself. God must pour out his love upon you until it’s overflowing and out of the abundance of your relationship with God you find the love to share with another in a relationship.
You must love him through God. It is impossible to love God through him.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”—Attributed to Theodor Geisel, “Dr. Seuss”
Today I’m finally getting around to cleaning through my computer - it’s worse than sorting out my drawers! I’m utilizing Evernote to keep track of all of my shtuffs (how have I just NOW discovered this!?) and deleting the million and one digital sticky notes I have on my computer - haha!
Amidst all of my sorting, deleting, and organizing, I came across a note I wrote to myself immediately post-break-up a couple of months ago, that I don’t think I really believed at the time, but in retrospect I can now see the value of. My note said:
I am a better person after having my heart broken, because:
through the pain I learned compassion
through the doubts I learned trust
through the fear I learned faith
through the rejection I saw God’s amazing hand of protection
“I love this part. This is the part where your heart races a bit, your stomach feels like it’s free floating, and your face has a slight smile on it that can’t be wiped off. This is the part where things are about to get really good, and you know they’re about to get really good, and sometimes that’s more satisfying than when you get whatever it is you’re waiting for.” ~Scarlett Schmaus
excerpt from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost For His Highest, November 2nd reading (emphasis mine):
The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear. If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone I have placed in competition with Him, namely, myself. Jesus Christ will not force me to obey Him, but I must. As soon as I obey Him, I fulfill my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small, petty happenings, altogether insignificant. But if I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God. Then, when I stand face to face with God, I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When God’s redemption brings a human soul to the point of obedience, it always produces. If I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God will flow through me to the lives of others, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God.