I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The sun comes up. The day begins. And You call me to a holy journey of seeking You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Trusting You in the good, the bad and the ugly. Forging a deeper, more trusting and more faithful relationship with You. And experiencing how this is indeed the day You have made.
Today I will truly rejoice. Today I will praise You from the depths of my soul. And today I will give You all honor and glory that will last into all eternity.
You do some great, wonderful and amazing things in your life. You also mess up in ways you can’t explain. But there’s something that never changes regardless of what’s happening – you are created in God’s image, you are God’s beloved, you are loved unconditionally and you are destined to an eternal relationship with God. So whether today turns out to be good, bad or something in-between, you can still experience the most important reality in your life – there is nothing that will ever be able to separate you from God’s love in Jesus Christ!
Today’s been shaped by yesterday. It’s already anticipating tomorrow. But it’s all you’ve really got. So how is God calling you to live this day? It takes courage to ask that question because it means willingly engaging in that struggle of setting yourself aside in order to put God at the center of your life. And that can be hard, even if you’ve been striving to do it a long time. But you know you long to do it. And that God wants you to. And that you will. Because it’s simply who you are.
God loves you. God loves you even if you don’t love God back. God loves you when you don’t think you deserve God’s love. God loves you regardless of what you do or don’t do. So what do you do in the face of this divine love that is the most powerful force in the universe? Surrender to it. Thank God for it. Revel in it. And experience how it gives you exactly what you need at exactly the time you need it in exactly the way you need it.
When life gets crazy, you probably long for it “to get back to normal”. But God doesn’t want your life to be normal. Ever. Indeed, God longs for it to be a grand adventure, a journey towards becoming the person God has created you to be and an eternal reality. And here’s the amazing grace about what God wants for you. God’s already given you everything you need for it to happen. What is more, God’s going to keep giving it to you. The question is, are you ready to embrace it?