Over the last few weeks I’ve been able to talk about my most favorite subject.
Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love movies. Some might even say I was addicted to movies. I love watching movies. Talking about movies. Learning about the behind the scenes of movies to find out why the director cut a certain scene or why the composer chose the music they used in the film. And my love of movies varies throughout all genres-comedy, drama, musicals, action just to name a few. I can talk about a good movie for hours on end especially if the writing, acting and music all fall into place.
I also enjoy talking about a good book. One that keeps me enchanted for hours on end. One that once I start I can’t put down. One that is so well written that I feel as if I’m the character. I enjoy books that aren’t too predictable or too abstract. A good book just as a good movie should stay with you. You should be able to close your eyes and visualize the scenes written in the book or how they were portrayed in the movie. But even though I get excited talking about movies and books they are not my favorite subject.
My absolute favorite subject to talk about is Jesus. I love, love, love talking about Jesus. About His love for us. His sacrifice. His goodness. His kindness. His mercy. His grace. I love how we get the opportunity to brag on who He is and what He does. How He continues to love us even when we fall down.
I love how He watches over us. How He constantly provides for us. How He always knows what we need when we need it. Talking about Jesus always helps to remind me of just how much Jesus loves me. How much He loves the world. I mean think about it, He died for us. He came down from His throne in heaven to live among us all to reconcile us back to God by dying on the cross. Who else but Jesus would do something that wonderful.
He constantly answers our prayers even when we don’t think they are being answered. You see sometimes the things we feel are the most difficult or the times we feel that God is the most distant are the times when He is the closest or doing the most work in our lives. I’ve been there. I’ve felt the distance and asked myself why but looking back I can see His hand all over the situation. I can see His love and knowing of His love for me helps me make it through the day. Even when I don’t feel as if anyone loves me I know that Jesus loves does.
It excites me and rejuvenates me talking about the goodness of God. And I am thankful that I get the opportunity to do just that.
I have a love/hate relationship. I’ve been in it for quite some time and I can’t seem to find my way out. I spend time every morning and every evening cultivating this relationship but it still remains a shallow. There are times where I get a deeper sense of connection but the majority of the time it’s all superficial. I find myself feeling bad and comparing myself against others after our encounters. My love/hate relationship is with social media.
To me social media is what we would call “a necessary evil”. It is such a huge time waster in our society. We can often end up spending countless hours playing games, posting, liking, sharing, scrolling to the point that when we look up the entire day has gotten away from us. We often find ourselves admiring or envying other people’s lives wishing we could have what they have. Or we lose the art of having a conversation with someone because we have become so accustomed to using social media as the main source of communication. Trust me, I know from what I speak. I had a couple of friends over about a week ago and half way through our time together all three of us were on our phones on social media looking at what someone had posted and using that as our topics of conversation. What’s wrong with that picture?
However there are some good things about social media as well. Social media has become an awesome way to stay connected to friends and family. It’s a great way to network and find jobs. And it’s a great platform to speak our minds. If it wasn’t for social media I wouldn’t have been connected to blogging groups or groups about my favorite television shows. I wouldn’t be connected to some of my favorite inspirirational Christian speakers, teachers, & authors. I wouldn’t get the privilege of praying for others or the opportunity of touching people’s lives. Social media at it’s core is not a bad thing. It becomes bad when I allow it to consume me. It becomes bad when I distort how I view it. It becomes bad when it becomes my world.
So I will continue my relationship with social media but instead of it having control over me I will have control over it and maybe one day our relationship can grow from love/hate to love/love.
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February 14th. Valentine’s Day. A day of love. A day of chocolate, flowers, champagne, cards. Stereotypically single people, women in particular, have felt left out and men who are in dating relationships have felt pressure to propose on this day.
And to be honest I’ve been one of those single women because everywhere around me were couples either in dating relationships or married celebrating their love. I often felt a serious “woe is me” attitude. I felt alone, depressed and I felt as if people pitied me because I didn’t have a man in my life and yes I still sometimes feel that way but this year I wanted to think about something different.
What happens on February 15th? Why put so much pressure on ourselves to celebrate one day of love when our entire lives should be a celebration of love?
I am always teased at church because I give hugs that let people know that I genuinely care about them and I want them to feel the love of Jesus through those hugs. And I will take that teasing all day long because it’s more important for someone who has never felt a kind loving touch to understand how gentle, caring and comforting it is to be in the arms of Jesus. Now I’m not saying that I am Jesus because I could never die on the cross for the worlds sins but as a child of God I am supposed to reflect His attributes.
Love is not supposed to be something you buy and parade around once a year. Love is supposed to be who you are. I know it’s not always easy especially when we are called to love people who don’t look like us, act like us or have the same ideals as we have but that still doesn’t mean we get a pass on love. 1 Corinthians 13 talks about what love, especially for a believer, should look like. And as a believer, as a Christ follower it should be our standard.
So as we move closer to February 14th let’s all remember what true love looks like. It’s not balloons, it’s not flowers, it’s not candy, it’s not jewelry. It’s sitting with a friend after they’ve lost a loved one even when you don’t know what to say. It’s getting up in the middle of the night when your child has had a nightmare. It’s opening your doors to someone who doesn’t have a place to stay. It’s climbing on a cross and taking on the world’s sins to reconcile them back to their Father.
What is your definition of true love?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
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