Ever noticed, in an airplane, it’s nearly fair-game to eavesdrop? With every word in ear-shot, you can’t help but hear. Yet, this time, I needed the words.
The woman a seat ahead of me said, “You know, I can tell if my employees love me. If they do, they’ll work hard for me.”
She went on, “But if they don’t. They’ll just show up and punch a clock.”
Right there. Right there in that packed-like sardines plane, God sucker-punched me (in a good way).
Heart-struck, I cried out internally in prayer, saying, “Oh, Lord, you know I’ve been slacking off a bit. Oh Lord, you know, I’ve started to some things in my day that are not pleasing to you. That are not “all-out.” Rather than praying, I started playing online daytime video computer games (it’s true, you all. My 7-year old got me into it). Rather than trusting, I started fretting things I haven’t done. Rather than, doing the little itty-bitty God-moves He wants me to do, I started doubting. Oh Lord, to love you is to serve you. To follow you is to know you. To cling to your heart is to make room for it in my life. I never, ever, want to punch a religious clock of going to church, or doing things for people, or looking right on the outside and like spiritual death on the inside — and call it a day. Forgive me, Father. I do love you. I love you with ALL my heart, soul, body and strength. I always want to serve you.”
So, I return here:
“We love because he first loved us.” (1 Jo. 4:1)
I receive His love.
I move-out here:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jo. 13:35)
I love those in need around me.
I let His goodness shine forth from me:
You will know them by their fruits. (Mt. 7:16)
He owns the fruit-growing process; I just display it.
Joy wells up in me to do what He calls me to do, not because I have good plans, a smart mind or I work hard, but because I have come to “know Him” and love Him:
We know that we have “come to” know him if we keep his commands. (1 Jo. 2:3)
I get up and get going into all God wants me to do.
What is God calling you to forsake so that you can better partake in His love today? What might He do, if you just give Him the chance to see it through?
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Confirmation! I had just written in my journal much the same words. Abide and joy.