Good evening friend! I have had so many different subjects bouncing around in my head over the past couple days that I want to share them ALL with you right now! (Don’t worry, stay with me, I won’t. I won’t keep you all day. *wink)
I’ve been spending time reflecting and listening to an author named Lysa TerKeurst. I’ve said it before, and I’m more convinced each time I read her book or watch her video series, Uninvited, that we are destined to be BFFs! I just love her, her faith journey and just how she GETS IT and so plainly puts it out there for us to make sense of it all. The feeling of being Uninvited, or rejected, is something that has plagued me most of my life. It’s something that so many women (and men) struggle with…more than we realize! I HIGHLY recommend everyone to read her book and watch the 6 part series because I myself feel like she’s speaking directly to me, and I know you will probably feel the same way.
Anyway, you’re welcome BFF, there’s your plug for the night!
In all seriousness though, she spoke of learning how to “live loved” and it’s something that I took away stronger than I had before. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right place spiritually or emotionally the other times I heard it. The other day, though, it spoke volumes to me. Those 2 words were a message that I had already been seeking but I was making too much of it. I was making it more complicated than it needed to be. I simply need to learn how to live by these little words….live loved.
Have you ever stopped to just be in awe of HOW loved you are? Even when you feel so very unloved by those around you? How, even when you are struggling or you’re just barely keeping your head above water, you have a perfect Father who loves you and sees such beauty and pride in you, His creation?
Too often I have focused on the opinions of others. I have shaped myself to be pleasing to those around me and I have depended on their acceptance in order to make myself feel good about me. I have felt rejected and dismissed when my efforts weren’t received well or, when I was SHOWN great acceptance and love but then, come to find out, it was all fake. It’s soul shattering! It leaves you feeling worthless and completely UNloved.
That’s when you realize that your eyes and your focus is on the wrong person/people. I have had my focus set on the wrong persons. The one that I need to focus on, in order to feel loved, is Christ/God! In his eyes I am perfectly imperfect! He thought of me specifically from my dry skin and hazel eyes, to my psoriasis scarred elbows and tiny veins. He created me in his image to be beautiful in His sight and it includes ALL of me! He even loves my imperfections because He sees them as opportunities for me to grow closer to him as I weed through them, and for me to reach others with similar issues.
I am loved! Beyond measure! YOU are loved more than you will EVER be able to comprehend! When you stop to think about the magnitude of his love for us, you can’t help but feel joy and comfort. How wonderful it is to have someone love and accept you for all that you are.
This time of year as we begin the advent season I can’t help but feel a great sense of joy and sorrow at the same time. That this sweet, innocent little baby boy (I love me some babies!) would grow up to be spit at, mocked, beaten and killed…simply because he loved us so immensely that He wanted us to live eternally wrapped in his loving embrace. I mean…how awful yet how humbling! God desires us, He loves us SO much that he took human form, lowered himself to our weakness and walked among us. To SHOW US that He is REAL and He simply wants us to live loved.
He knew there was no way we could ever be perfect as He created us to be initially. I mean, why would he want us to stay that way anyway? Then he would’ve just created a bunch of clones and that’s no fun. Spend eternity in a mirror room…I’m pretty sure you would go insane. Anyway, so in order to cleanse us and make us fit for heaven…to be reunited with Him…he needed a way to do it and to offer it up to all of us. Enter, Jesus. He knew that Jesus would become the “dumping ground,” the human “sponge” so to speak, for all of the world’s sin. He became our pathway to Heaven when we placed our faith and trust in him. That what he did, what he lived and died for, was for our sake. That we too, like himself, would be reunited with God in Heaven.
When I think of the baby, helpless and fragile, I want to protect it. I want to shelter it from harm. I want to provide for it and watch it grow and thrive and hope for a joyful life ahead! I wonder if the shepherds felt the same way…or if they later grew to mock him or deny that they had even been at the birth. “You went WHERE to see some baby you didn’t even know?? Why??” Were they afraid of being rejected by their peers?
Jesus grew up as most of us did…respectively. He had friends, he had likes and dislikes. I’m sure he didn’t like eating his peas either but he obeyed Mary and ate them anyway. He was talented with wood working but probably wasn’t that great at playing sports. He went to school, went to church, skinned his knees, cried, stayed up late, wandered off…you name it. The only difference is, he lived loved because he was love.
Just because we seek to live a loved life does not mean that we will not meet opposition. It doesn’t mean that people will finally get off our backs and stop trying to bring us down. It DOES mean, however, that you can live with the courage and the knowledge that whatever others say, it’s not necessarily true. Yes, we have flaws that need to be addressed and corrected. We’re not lucky enough to be perfect like Jesus. But when we keep our focus on the love and care of God, we will grow and change to be more and more beautiful and pleasing to our Father. We will be able to live a life of peace, knowing that God is directing us toward him and that he will deal with those who seek to bring us down.
We were all once that sweet little baby. We were all cute and soft and kissable at one time. I have to remind myself of that simple fact whenever I start to think ugly things about people. “He/she too is someone’s child. He/she too is someone’s pride and joy. ” We are all loved and so greatly desired by the One who created us, and created the two people who joined together to make us, and the 4 people before them, and on and on.
So, my goal is to live loved. To rest in God’s love for me and the assurance that He is always watching, always protecting and always guiding me. I will live a life, as pleasingly as I can, for Him and to show others how GREAT his love is! I am loved, just as I am today and as I will be tomorrow. So are you!Tags: Baby, Eternal, faith, God, Jesus, Live Loved, Love, Sacrifice, Uninvited
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