It’s easy to list all the horrible things in your life, the lives of those you love and the world. Indeed, there are so many you easily can become negative, cynical and jaded. Which is perfectly understandable - if you think you have to do life by yourself. But you don’t because you are created by God, loved passionately by God and touched by God every moment of every day. This is so real it enables you to proclaim that today is a gift from God even if you’ve been hit in the gut by life, feel utterly hopeless or can’t imagine anything getting better anytime soon. Sure there are going to be days that don’t feel anything like gifts. But even these days are gifts because they offer you the opportunity to trust God more than you ever have. And when you do, you’ll actually be able to believe it when you say it – “Today is a gift from God, no ‘ifs’, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’!” #GodNMe
Life is filled with tragedies. Some are very personal, others involve people you know and still others are far away. But every one of them can shake you to the core of your being, leave you reeling and suck you dry of the one thing you absolutely need – hope. No wonder you look - sometimes desperately - for signs of God’s hope. Well, they’re all around you. You see them in first responders who risk their own lives for others, those who pray for people they don’t know, people of faith who seek God’s transformation time and again, and those who selflessly give their time and resources to others. All of these signs – and so many more you see every day – point to the reality of God’s hope. Which is why the most important thing you can do today is open your heart, mind and spirit to the most powerful reality in the universe – the fact that you are being held in the palm of God’s hand. #GodNMe
It’s tempting to say, “Okay, God, here’s the deal. Everything would be great...if you would just change that person, fix my life and give me what I want.” But while you may want God to change what’s ‘out there’, God’s far more interested in transforming what’s ‘in there’. Of course, it’s hard – and sometimes painful for a little while – when God starts doing ‘heart surgery’ to transform you from the inside out. But it’s also the most amazing grace you’ll ever encounter. That’s because what God does enables you to live with the assurance that you are loved regardless of what you do, experience the freedom that comes with forgiveness, discover the power of compassion and embrace the unique life God longs for you to have. Not only when everything in life is just the way you want it. But starting right now. In the messiness of real life. #GodNMe
There’s sure a lot of gloom and doom these days – pandemics, terrorism, the economy, institutions that don’t seem to work and the increasing threat that technology poses. That’s why it’s important to remember there’s something greater than all of the doom and gloom in the world put together – God’s love. Of course, this love is not a magic wand you wave over a problem so it instantly disappears. Instead, God’s love is passionate, involved, persistent and miraculously takes the worst life has to offer and uses it to bring about transformation of lives, communities and the world so that God’s will becomes just as real on earth as it already is in heaven. All of this isn’t just some cosmic reality. It’s also very personal because it means you actually can leave behind fear and live with hope. Which means there’s a question you have to answer today. Just how ready are you to live like you actually believe God’s love wins? #GodNMe
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