Thursday, December 18, 2008

what really matters

Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter- Tim Kizziar (quoted in Crazy Love  by Francis Chan )

Our LOVE MORE ... EXPECT LESS. series is getting better each week, and this is coming Sunday is our 3rd week and just maybe the biggest of them all.  We celebrate the birth of Jesus as well as seek to understand what God was doing in sending His son.  For over 2000 years Jesus has shown us what really matters and how to impact the lives of people we meet.

I think somethings will change in us if we really understand and see and seek to grasp how much God loves us.  Then we will love others differently and love them more.

John 15:12 (nlt) --- This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Not an option.  It is a choice, but it is also our responsibility.  Now for the questions: what does it mean to love? what really matters?  Loving is an action that comes from deep in a person's heart that is selfless and giving.  That loves leaves marks and makes a difference like nothing else can.  That love really matters.

Romans 13:8 (nasb) --- Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another...

I am trying to understand this truth not just for Christmas but also for leading our church to greater days and more ministry.  I pray that God will get more of us and that we will give more of Him away through our lives.  What is it to live a life that matters and to love like Jesus loves?

It's not that this lifestyle should be crazy to us. It should be the only thing that makes sense. Giving up everything and sacrificing everything we can for the afterlife is logical. Crazy is living a safe life and storing up things while trying to enjoy our time on earth, knowing that any millisecond God could take your life. To me that is crazy, and that is radical. The crazy ones are the ones that live life like there is no God. To me that is insanity. - quoting from an interview with Francis Chan 

You have some things to think on.  So do I.  Do my successes and the things I care about really matter?

happy birthday, Julie

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