A little thought for today.
Do we fail to do more, live up to our “potential”, pursue what our soul cries out for, because we don’t allow ourselves to view the world, which includes ourself, as God sees?
I think so.
For me, it’s my own self doubt and fear of failure that causes me to stop running. It is up to me to not only view the world as God does, but to also allow this view to change the way I interact.
If you see yourself as God sees you, the way we treat ourselves and each other would look dramatically different. The world would begin to see Christians in a new light.
Bill Maher recently said, “Martin Luther King actually gets to call himself a Christian because he actually practiced loving his enemies. Jesus lays on that hippie stuff pretty thick. He has lines like, ‘do not repay evil with evil’ and ‘do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you.’ Really. It’s in that book you hold up when you scream at gay people.
But you see, I can say that, because I’m a non-Christian, just like most Christians. Christians, I know, I’m sorry, I know you hate this and you want to square this circle, but you can’t. I’m not even judging you. I’m just saying logically, if you ignore every single thing Jesus commanded you to do, you’re not a Christian – you’re just auditing. You’re not Christ’s followers – you’re just fans.”
Not only do we need to strive to live like Jesus in regard to the world around us, but we also need to daily strive to see ourselves as Christ sees us. If we are to love our neighbor, we must also love ourselves.
The love of Jesus is overwhelming. It is impossible to fully grasp. But, it is possible to have confidence in the person you are.
Jesus loves you in all of your fickleness, all of your desperation, all of your triumphs and victories. He loves you simply because he is of the father and in case you have forgotten – God is Love. Pretty cliche, right? ha. Cliche or not, it’s a beautiful truth.
Things must change. We must change. Let’s not worry about changing how we view the world today. For one day, let’s spend time in prayer and meditation with one purpose, allowing God to come in to the core of our souls and fix what is broken, to heal, and to reveal to us the beauty of what He sees.
Today, may your gaze shift inward.
May you look to the healer.
May the thing you desire be to love the world as Christ loves you.
Let us learn to love again without reservation, without judgment, without hesitation.
Grace and Peace