Actually, I sit here tonight surrendering to the voice that keeps telling me to write. Whether it is for you, someone else, or myself – I don’t know. I am here and you are there. It remains to be seen if either of us will be there by the 2nd paragraph.
I don’t take the time to write for public “consumption” rarely any longer. Why? Time, I guess. It’s hard. I’m tired. I question, “Does it really matter?” Possibly it has gotten to a place of becoming too vulnerable with my life that I have begun to guard it. I’ve got this one friend that would slap me in the back of the head about right now… funny thing about this guy – I haven’t seen him since – 1989? You are there… You know who you are.
I love my family. I love other people. At least I say that I do. Yet, how do I really show it? Do I play favorites in the love I have? Is it in what I buy that shows love? (The debt I take on in the name of “love”). Seriously, I say I love, yet I question how I really show it. And if I don’t show it, then, is it really love that I have? Do those around me ever get a chance to see it, experience it, receive it?
I sat down to read the Bible a few mornings ago. In fact, it was Sunday morning. I never stop reading in the middle of a chapter or the middle of a thought. (Kind of like riding a bicycle. I can’t stand to stop at 44.3 miles…. I’d much rather press on to get to that 45 mile mark). I’m reading in Luke right now and the first sentence I read made me see why I stopped reading in mid thought. I needed that thought on Sunday morning. In fact, that thought kept me from checking a few more boxes on my read through the Bible plan for the day.
The verse that messed up my reading plan for the day was Luke 6:27. Jesus said, “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this:”
So…. love. I love. But I have a funny way of showing it… or not showing it. I guess my circumstances in life have led me to become rather cynical at times of love. That’s in the giving and the receiving. Do you ever feel this way?
The battle for our hearts and minds are greater than anything any of us will see on CNN or FoxNews. In fact, it’s a battle that neither network would really care to cover. (Ha, they don’t even cover the news beyond their own agendas – I digress – and where did that come from?)
What really matters is what goes on in our hearts and minds. It’s the surrender of ourselves and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ that really matters in this life and the life to come. Too often, I know it’s the case for me, we tend to look the other way and not dwell on those things that really matter. We don’t stop what we are doing in the midst of a busy day to really hear what really matters. We don’t listen to the world around us who is hurting and in need of an ear, a caring heart, a friendly smile at the store, opening the door for someone else… God forbid that we ever let someone out in traffic! Love.
Why is it that we don’t really care about the needs and hearts of other people? Why is it that we’d rather have our own needs met before we lend a helping hand to someone else? Maybe this isn’t you – and now you are questioning, “What’s eating at this guy?”
Surely the world isn’t as bad as that! You know it really is.
I’m the only one to blame for this… some how it all ends up the same
What is love? Is there really such a thing as love… true love? Love beyond the Hallmark Channel?
I’d bet those of us who have experienced true love – Experienced it in the act of sacrifice and giving that we have done for someone else. Or that reality of, “How did they know I needed that?” You know they met a need in your life – like God Himself met the need through someone else. They gave out of what they didn’t have or what they had that God told them to trust Him over.
With a world I try so hard to leave behind. To rid myself of all but love – to give and die…
I don’t know… what’s this the 13th paragraph? You still with me?
Take my world a part. I am on my knees. Broken on my knees.
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – I am on my knees
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – broken on my knees Did you really have to die for me? All I am for all you are is what I need and what I believe are worlds apart
All said and done I stand alone Amongst remains of a life I should not own It takes all I am to believe in the mercy that covers me.
Too often what I say and do is far from what I truly believe. That’s why tonight… this season of my life I am stopping and asking Jesus to take over. Take my world apart. (It already, in many ways, feels like it.) Ha! One friend asked me earlier today if my name was Job.
Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need and what I believe are worlds apart
From my little corner of the world, I’m stopping the madness… I’m stopping whatever it is that is keeping me from loving the way Jesus would have me to and pausing from my knees and asking him to take my world apart. That I may love and serve those around me for His purposes and His glory. That He may take my life and use it for His glory… after-all, that’s really the only reason to get out of bed everyday.
Quotation blocks from Worlds Apart by Jars of Clay.
Oh yeah, there’s that thought from Luke 6:27….