You are Holy. You reign over all that ever has been, is and will be. You are worthy of all our honor, praise and glory through every single one of our thoughts, words and actions in every single moment.
You hold each one of us in the palm of Your hand. You never stop loving us, never give up on us and never turn away. You personally take the initiative through Jesus to do for us what we absolutely need, but can never do on our own – transform our relationship with You, others and ourselves.
You forgive us again and again and again. You shower us with the fullness of Your unconditional, convicting, invitational and transformational love. You mold and shape each one of us until we become the unique person You have created us to be.
While we confess this is all more than we can begin to comprehend, we do know what matters most. You are holy. You first love us. You give us life that is abundant and eternal. And that’s why in whatever today holds, we choose to love You. More and more. Deeper and deeper. With greater and greater joy.
And we do it all through our Savior, Lord, Brother, Friend and Teacher, Jesus.
Like you, my life is filled with all kinds of distractions. Some annoyingly insert themselves, like spam calls that can’t be blocked. Others are both inconvenient and necessary, like having to drop everything and deal with the furnace that has given up the ghost just before the first really cold weather of the season arrives. And still others are deceiving because they don’t seem like distractions at all, like having toys (yes, adults do have toys!) that absorb time, energy and money. While many distractions are just part of life and have to be addressed, it’s these enjoyable distractions that actually pose the greatest challenge because they distract me from what I know matters most in life. So what do I – and you – do about distractions? The answer is not what you stop – it’s where you start. Which means being sure you start by loving Jesus with everything you’ve got. Because when you do, it’s amazing how life’s distractions are not nearly so distracting.
If you had one wish that could be granted, what would it be? If you could experience healing in one broken relationship, with whom would it be? If you could do one thing that would make a difference in someone’s life, what would it be? Questions can be difficult because they challenge you, force you to think deeply and can seem like they’re forcing you to make a choice. But good questions can also be wonderful gifts because they give you the opportunity to gain clarity about who you are, what matters most to you and what you need to do. So here’s a question to ponder that is both difficult and a gift at the same time: How much does God love you?