Love Changes Everything!

Colorful typographic motivational poster to raise faith in yourself and your strength. The series of business concepts on a textured background of an old love. VectorI recently connected with a young couple whom I had the privilege of performing their wedding ceremony. They have been married about 4 years and have their first child. I hadn’t connected with them since the birth of their little one. They asked about my family and how everyone was doing. As the conversation moved back to their little child, the young mom said that being a parent changed everything in their lives. She quickly added “for the better”! I often ask young parents, “Did you know you could love like that?” The answer is almost always “no”. Becoming a parent changes how we love. I profoundly love being Dad & Pop. The love that overflows from my heart to my children and grandchildren is an unstoppable force. I love my sweet wife and it’s a love that keeps expanding as we grow old together. Love is an amazing, powerful concept. Love is way more than words. Love is shown in actions and activities.

On the 14th of February every year, we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day (aka Valentine’s Day). This event started as a celebration of saints but evolved into a celebration of love. I was reminded of this a I came across the “Love Chapter” in my daily journey. Check this out…

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 NLT)

If I were the most popular man on earth but didn’t have love – worthless.

If I were the founder/owner of Amazon, Microsoft – (you name it) and didn’t have love – empty.

If I were the most amazing REALTOR, helping buyers and sellers but didn’t love people – I would be a failure.

If I were the greatest husband and Dad on the planet but didn’t have love – I would be lost. I really don’t think I can be successful at ANYTHING without love.  God changed the entire world when He displayed His love via His Son. His love is ridiculous and knows no limits. He is the One Who taught me how to love. He loved me first and He loves me best. His love is really impossible to get my head around. His love is unfathomable & indescribable! I’m so thankful that He loved me and still loves me. If you’re reading this – I love you too – even if I don’t know you well. It’s because He taught me to love.

Pressing On!


God Can Do Anything!

For God so loved the world... God holding world with crossI remember as a kid hearing a song that says “God can do anything but fail”. There is no way at such a young age I could grasp that truth. I’m not sure at what age, I began to understand and cling to that truth. I believe it. My daughter used to go to bed praying for it to snow when the weather was very mild. I would say to here, you’ll have school tomorrow because it isn’t going to snow. She always said to me: “But God can make it snow”! I was reminded then and I’m reminded that God is the Creator of all I see and know. He has complete power and complete control. He can do anything!

Ezekiel was such a “cool, calm and collected” prophet. He comes upon this valley of bones where apparently a whole army of people had died at some point. It had to have been a good while because there was no flesh on them. The Lord gave Ezekiel a really weird command. Check this out….

1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’

I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ (Ezekiel 37:1-3 NIV)


I love the fact that the Lord’s hand was upon Ezekiel. I want the Lord’s hand to stay on me. I want to put my complete trust in Him no matter what is happening around me. I want Him to lead me where He wants. I want Him to speak into me what He wants. I sometimes struggle to believe that the Lord would raise a dead man or make it snow against the conditions. There is a side to me that sides with reason and logic over my faith in the Lord. I want to grow in my depth of understanding of the Lord’s Power and Presence. He can do anything He wishes – when He wishes. That is a super encouraging truth!

Pressing On!