For the last few months, I've been reading Bob Goff's book, "Live in Grace, Walk in Love". It's a daily devotional, which usually isn't my thing (I like to read cover to cover) but it's Bob Goff so...if you haven't read any of his books, do yourself a favor and head to the library! I digress. I love this devotional because there is a funny story and reality of how difficult people view the concept of just loving people! It's encouraged me daily to BE LOVE! That's it. No rituals, chants or duties to be on the street screaming love. Be available and open to loving yourself and your neighbor. Love is action. Going outside of your comfort zone to make life just a little bit better for others. Love is kindness. Showing love is being kind in the face of those that are not kind to you. Love is acceptance. Accepting people right where they are without trying to change them (no matter how different they may be!).
Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us]. 1 Corinthians 16:14 AMP
What would life look like if EVERYTHING you did was in love?! Eat in love, sleep in love, work in love, play in love and shared your life in love. That type of devotion is rarely experienced. What if, starting today, you embraced interruptions in your day as love pokes from God instead of as an annoyance? I'm talking to myself here as well, especially with my children, who sometimes takes interruptions to the extreme because everything is important, including if they can eat whipped cream and honey for lunch!
My prayer today is that we will pause and reflect on the amazing love that the Father has shown us and focus on how we can be that same love to others. I pray that we can open up our schedules to embrace interruptions and see them as divine appointments. Let us take the time to pray for our neighbors and those that are without a home, food, or income. I pray that we can be the physical hands and feet of Jesus, sharing our love without limits, to those in our sphere of influence! In Jesus name, Amen!