Love Like That

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. VectorIt blesses my soul to see an elderly couple who are still in love with one another after years of life together. I see something in them that I want. I think what I see is genuine love and respect for the other.  I must confess that I’ve got some ways to go in cultivating love that lasts a lifetime. I believe that love is a choice. I can choose to love whomever I want. I can also choose to hate. I believe that hate does way more harm to the one hating than the object of their scorn. I believe that as a follower of Jesus, the only hatred that should be in me is hatred for sin. Jesus teaches me to love others.  John reiterates this in his first epistle. Check this out…

16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has this world’s goods and sees a fellow believer in need but withholds compassion from him—how does God’s love reside in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18 CSB)

When my children were young, I read a quote that said: “Love is spelled T-I-M-E”. The message was clear that my time was spent investing in my children – just being with them is very important. As I read this simple passage this morning, I realize that Love is spelled G-I-V-E. The Lord calls me to put my money and resources where my mouth is.  One of my life goals is to live a life of significance. I want to invest in the lives of others to pay if forward on behalf of the people who have invested in me.

I love the parallel here with John 3:16:

 16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (Spoken by Jesus)

16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (Spoken by John)

If Jesus did anything while He was here on earth, He loved and taught us to love. If I’m called by His name, love must be obvious in me. I want to love like He loves. He loves me profoundly despite my sin and His love compels me to leave sin behind and pursue love with all that I have.

How He Loves by Jesus Culture

Pressing On!

Dwayne

While We Wait

Patience concept.I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not patient when it comes to waiting. I have a lot of work to do in this area. I was telling someone the other day that I’d rather take the long way around then to sit in a traffic jam that would let me arrive in a shorter time. I obviously don’t have to commute into Atlanta every day. I don’t like to way very long for my food when I go to restaurant either. I really need to be more patient, but quite frankly, I’m afraid to pray for patience!

Paul in his letter to Titus gets right to the point in several areas. He gives straight talk in several areas of growth. I came across the three little words tucked in the middle of a sentence. These three words spoke into my heart about what I can while being patient. Check this out…

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 He gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people for his own possession, eager to do good works. (Titus 2:11-14 CSB)

While I wait, I can pursue God’s heart.

While I wait, I can live a sensible way.

While I wait, I can live in a godly way.

While I wait, I can love others like Jesus loves.

While I wait, I can serve others.

While I wait, I can teach with my life.

Waiting is really a part of my life. I often must wait for people to connect for an appointment. I must wait on the lender to get the buyer ready to close on the loan. I must wait on the closing attorney to get the title work complete so that the seller can sell and the buyer can buy. I must wait on the appraiser, surveyor…. the list could go on and on. I’m learning that waiting is simply part of living.

I smiled when I thought of Brad Paisley’s song from a few years back called: Waiting On A Woman.

I’m waiting on the Lord today. I’ve got plenty to do while I wait.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Seeking

 

Jesus man of joyJesusI remember the simple little game of “Hide & Seek” when I was a kid. It was a really fun game that didn’t require any props or game pieces. In fact if there were only 2 people, you could still play this game. It was more fun hiding than seeking. I didn’t like being “it” much. I enjoyed hiding and actually became pretty good at it.

The prophet Zephaniah warned the people of the land that the Lord’s wrath and punishment is coming. He’s about to restore the land to Israel. The prophet gives some good counsel that applies even today. Check this out….

3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,

    you who do what he commands.

Seek righteousness, seek humility;

    perhaps you will be sheltered

    on the day of the Lord’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 NIV)

Hiding from the Lord is really stupid and futile. It can’t be accomplished. As hard as I might try, I can’t run and hide from Him. He knows me. He knows my struggles. He knows my stresses. He knows my joys. He knows my pain. I believe there is life in seeking the Lord. I believe that seeking the Lord is more than a one-time exercise. I believe seeking the Lord should happen daily, hourly —constantly. I believe that I can learn more about Who He is and how He is through seeking Him. I believe that I can seek Him through His Word as well as seek Him through the events of my day. He is there, willing to help me. He is willing to direct my path. He is willing to give me counsel. He is willing to pick me up when I’m down and discouraged.

I don’t ever intend to stop seeking the Lord. I believe in Him with my whole heart. I’ve experienced His Presence, His Comfort, His Wisdom, His Power and His Gentle Heart. I will keep seeking Him today.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Seek

Businessman seek the solutionI loved the game “Hide and Seek” as a kid. I kind of like it as an adult doing the high tech treasure hunt called Geocaching. It’s where a cache is hidden somewhere and the coordinates are loaded into the website so that others can find the location of the cache and find the hidden “treasure” inside. Most of the caches hidden have a log inside for you to sign. The seeking and finding is really the point –not the prize in the cache.

Seeking the Lord is similar. There are hidden “caches of truth” through out scripture that are only found by those who are seeking. I was reminded of this again this morning in the words of King David. Check this out…..

The fool says in his heart,

    “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven

    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,

    any who seek God.
3 All have turned away,
 all have become corrupt;

    there is no one who does good,

    not even one. (Psalm 14:1-3 NIV)

 

To find the Lord, I don’t have to look far. His Presence and His Influence in my world is all over the place. He is the Designer and Creator and I see His hands in every area of my life.  Seeking the Lord is a daily journey for me. I believe in seeking Him, I learn lots about me in the process. When I seek His Heart, I pick up characteristics of Him that I need in my heart.  As I seek the Lord daily, I’m reminded that that even though I’ve found Him, I want to stay in pursuit of His Heart.

I want to be a seeker of God the rest of my days here on earth.

Pressing On!
Dwayne