… how amazing warm brownies with a scoop of ice cream taste.
… how connected a good church service can make me feel, to God and to my fiancé.
… how blessed I truly am.
I really believe in God’s blessings, even when I’m in too much pain to see them. Right now, that’s not the case, so I don’t want to lead you down that path of thinking that I am in a heavy season. In fact, right now I’m on such a peak it’s hard not to see the many blessings around me.
But that’s not always true, certainly not for me. I’ve had my valleys. I imagine everyone has. And it’s in those times that responding to God’s blessings becomes difficult.
One concept that changed my life when I first heard it, is that you obey God and follow Christ not to earn his grace, not to earn his mercy, but as a response to them. God does not hand out grace based on your actions. He does not love you because of how you behave
He gives you grace regardless, He loves you in spite of how you behave, He blesses you to infinity not because of what you’ve done, but because of who He is.
Rather than viewing God as an entity we have to impress in order to be in His good graces, it is essential that we love God for who He is. And in that, it is imperative that we respond to His love by allowing his light to outpour through our lives.
If we can be a beacon for others, if we can respond to God’s blessings in such a way that they become evident in even the darkest times, if we can just open our eyes to who God says He is, how much more fruitful will our lives be? How much more fulfilling
I am challenged to refocus my life to be a response to His love. To allow my life to become a model of His love. It’s hard. I am human and far from perfect, and I mess up constantly in striving to live like Christ (all the time, let’s be honest). But there is something so comforting in knowing that it isn’t my victories or my failures that affect God’s love for me. It’s just me being me and God being God. And that’s all there is to it.
How are you responding?