July 16, 2012
Good Monday morning people! I wanted to encourage you today to arise with a joyfulness in your heart. Don’t complain about how you wish you didn’t have to go to work or school today. But rather, be excited that God is going to do something great for you today. This is the day that the Lord has made. WILL yourself to rejoice and be glad in it. Rejoicing as you may know by now, is not a feeling, it’s a choice. Enough said on that.
Over the last few days, I’ve been meditating on Jonah and how he rebelled against God. Jonah’s reason for rebelling against God (if you read the whole book), was quite rational. He knew that even though God had sent him to give Ninevah a word, that He (God) would not destroy His people. But of course Jonah was really angry when God didn’t destroy Ninevah as He had told Jonah He would. But God is so loving and just, and He said something that really stuck out at me…perhaps because of where I am personally. He said:
|”Should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”- Jonah 4:10b.
I know I’ve written about this book before, but I just want to draw on something from here that makes me so grateful. And that’s God’s love.
We as humans can be really selfish…really. Eighty per cent of the time, we are concerned about “me”. The “me” factor is so selfish that it really prevents us from truly loving people 100% of the time. That’s okay, because we are on a journey called ‘life’. Think about it, if your spouse leaves his socks in the middle of the floor, you’re likely to get irritated, especially if you’re a neat freak. And if your friend doesn’t do things the way you like ‘em to be done, or does something to offend you, you are less than likely to ‘turn the other cheek’. Because of our selfish nature, we hold on to things from yester year: hurt, bitterness, notions on relationships… and we form logical conclusions as to why we can’t forgive, why we can’t love 100%.
But aren’t you glad that God’s love is not like that. Can you think about what it would have been like if God did not forgive you for all of your sins? What if God said don’t leave your smelly socks on the floor, and you did. What would it be like if He just got really irritated about that? Can you think about how you would feel if God kept a journal of every offense that you did to him? Can you think about what it would be like if God was so selfish that He decided that right now, He needed a break from you because you’re ‘interrupting’ his program?
He tells Jonah that “Look, these people don’t know left from right. I see they are making an effort. It might not be a big one, but I love them and I simply won’t wipe em out”. That’s basically what God probably says about us each morning. He looks at how messed up we still are, how imperfect we are, and He says, “I love you…still”.
So this morning, I want to thank God for loving me, the way He does. He loves me unconditionally. He loves me in spite of. He loves me when everyone else seems to have stopped loving me. He loves me when things are great, and when things are not so great, He adds a little extra love. He loves me when I do right, and when I make mistakes.
We sometimes take God’s love for granted. And people’s as well. But the fact is… and I am getting to realize this daily, Love is a choice. God does not HAVE to love us. He could wipe us out at a snap of his finger. But He loves us anyway. Because Love is part of who He is. So let’s be grateful to God for His love.
In the same token, I want to thank God for the few people that really love me, despite my flaws. They don’t have to love me, but they do… lol. I think my Mommy is a good example. But realize that there are some people that are with you that love you to pieces. Realize that they don’t have to. They choose to. There are others who don’t love you. They chose not to. You can’t harp on the ones that choose not to love you. But for those that honestly do care about you… be grateful for them and acknowledge their efforts to love you.
Love… it is truly a great thing. And we should be grateful that we have at least One Person to love us.