I want to live like Jesus calls me to live. I want to live bravely, whole heartily and completely focused on Christ. Completely. Almost to the point I want to cry…
I don’t want to be “normal” anymore, or average or even “good”…I want to be completely sold out for Christ and to LOVE others the way He calls us to.
I heard a story recently of a little girl who was taken to the ER because as she was playing outside with her sister, she stepped on an old rusty nail and the nail went straight through her boot and basically nailed the boot to her foot. She and her older sister had been playing earlier that afternoon in their “playground” which ended up being an actual dump where they would go to explore, find hidden treasure and occasionally a toy.
The sweet sisters had already experienced so much heartache in their young lives and just recently found themselves in the care of a relative.
As the doctor examined the little girl’s foot, he told her that he would have to cut off the boot in order to help remove the nail from her foot. To his surprise tears swelled in her eyes when she learned that her precious boot would be cut off. “Please no, sir. They are my sister’s only pair of shoes…and she LOVES these boots. Please, please, PLEASE don’t cut off this boot!”
The doctor was taken back by this child’s request and his heart went out to her as she thought only of her sister and how devastated her sister would be without these boots. But he knew that there was no way the boot could be salvaged…it had to come off. His heart broke for this sweet child as he told her the news and he witnessed the heartbreak that took place within her. So he did something he had never done in all the years he had practiced medicine…he pulled his nurse aside and gave her his credit card and told her to go to the nearby Target and buy this little girl and her sister new boots and dolls for Christmas.
It was the least he could do.
Trying his best to do right by the people God places in his path, to extend love and compassion to those individuals who are weary, broken and needing to experience the kindness of a stranger.
“Merry Christmas” he said as he gave each girl her presents…”God loves you!”
This week during our Advent study we are focusing on love and how we are called to love one another because God is love.
Love, compassion, kindness…lets give those precious gifts this year, and ALL year for that matter, this Christmas. Let’s pray radical, bold prayers begging God to use us right where we are, to be His hands and feet to this hurting world. Let’s pray for obedience and hearts that break for what breaks His. Let’s join together as a community of Christian women and encourage each other to put the love God has given to us into action in our lives. And then lets move beyond the talking and praying and start the doing…intentionally sewing seeds of love in our communities.
But we can not love…truly love the way He calls us to without being connected to Him. Reading through the verses we’ve been meditating on and SOAPing this week, I see that we can’t love the way He calls us to if we are not connected to the source of love…God. Yesterday in our reading plan we were reminded that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105) God is the way. He is the source of love that our world so desperately needs.
So sweet friends, let us love God with all areas of our lives and as we do this let’s love others as ourselves. He is the sources of all love and we need to make sure we are connected to His lifeline.
This Advent let’s…
- stay in His Word
- pray for ways to express God’s love to those around us
- put our love into action
- be Jesus’ hands and feet to those who are hurting this Christmas…and everyday of the year for that matter!
Love God Greatly!
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