Picture it! (You who know me – know that I loved to hear Sophia on The Golden Girls start her stories with those words! ) OK …. so Picture It!! A world where every Christ follower acts in love in EVERY situation. I’m not talking about loving the ones who love us. I’m not even talking about loving those who are not so loving but are yet dear to us (you know, those crazy family members you don’t really like!). What I am talking about is loving those who mean us harm; those who commit wrongs against us intentionally; those who purpose to bring to ruin the plans that God has for us. I’m talking about going beyond forgiveness and showing them love.
When I look at my wedding ring, I see many facets – sometimes it glistens bright white; at another angle it is a colorful prism; sometimes it looks like clear glass. My point is – no matter how I look at it or how it looks to me – it looks beautiful. Love too – in all of its facets is a beautiful thing. So then, why don’t we just try to take every experience of this day and respond to it in love. My oldest son, Joseph, signs his notes “Live In Love”, a great reminder of what our Christ’s life was like and what His example was for us.
As for me I have to ask myself daily: Can I be love in every situation? Honestly – I don’t know! But I can certainly try. My prayer today is that each person that I have contact with on this day (whether in person or electronically) will know that they are loved!
As I have been on this journey with my King, I am continually learning what it means to lay my will down for His. I have learned that laying down my will does not always mean that I am choosing not to sin (though that is a choice I make daily) — but that I am choosing to do things His way; for His glory.
Sometimes it’s an issue of whether or not I answer my phone when I know someone needs me to do something I don’t want to do. Sometimes it’s having to leave me house in disarray because I need to get out of the house for ministry. Sometimes it is holding back from rescuing a person – so that they can learn from their issue. Living according to His will all the time is not easy to do, but it IS simple.
Each day I will make the choice to depend upon Him to guide my words, thoughts and actions; when I commit to do this I have found that my will and my way are the LAST things I think about. For me, it looks like waking up each day and going to the Word of God first (my Ghana pastor** used to say “No Bible, No Breakfast”)
This simple decision – reading the Word in the morning before I interact with any person or any situation; hearing what He has to say to me first will help me to be less frustrated during the day and help me stand firm against the temptations that I am sure to face throughout the day.
Simple– practice giving ourselves to Him each day; decide to rely totally on Him each day and we might just find that we are walking in His favor and we might just experience what it feels like for Him to take pleasure in our lives. Ask Him for direction in all things (thoughts, actions, words); I believe we will find that our lives are richer, fuller and less stressful. I’ve tried it – it really does work! **Thank you Pastor Steve Asante!
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Daily Quotes for This Week
SUNDAY – “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
MONDAY – ” We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
TUESDAY – ”I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
WEDNESDAY – “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
THURSDAY – “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
FRIDAY – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
SATURDAY – “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I can not remember the day anyone died but my daddy. It was 9 years ago today. The memory of that phone call still makes me cry! But, the love that so many showed to me in amazing ways makes me rejoice!!!
I still miss my daddy greatly! I was his Teetsie (well, I still am!!) Because of the father that he was … I have so many things to Thank God For!!!! My daddy was “a rock – He was the one that I ran to, cause’ when he said the words “I Love You” I knew that it was true. And even in the worst of storms, there was an anchor in my world, He was a man, A man of His Word.”
Father in Heaven, I thank you so much for reminding me that my dad is enjoying the heavenly blessings in the realms with Christ. Thank you for opening his mind and heart to you in real ways when he was with me. Thank you for giving my daddy courage and wisdom that I could see. Thank you for reminding me every day that You Are Truly My Father!!! That You will never leave me!! Thank you, Father!!!
Really missing my dad today. Actually … every Father’s Day just makes me think of him.
I often think of my wedding day. My dad chosen my husband, Lloyd S. Chinn. Daddy was clear to me that he knew that Lloyd was the man for me; he knew that this guy was his son in law. On my wedding day, however, he could not walk me down the aisle. Daddy had his tux on and everything! He came to the room where I was getting dressed, and he told me he just couldn’t bear to do it. I asked him why, and he said that even though he loved Lloyd like his own son, he could not give me to another man. It was too emotional for him. So my handsome nephew, Jacil Batties, stepped in. Jacil walked me down so that I was standing shoulder to shoulder with my dad as he stood at the pew where he was seated. When they asked who gave me away my dad looked directly at the preacher, Pastor Crawford W Kimble Sr., and said “her mother and I do”. He always treated Lloyd like his son – and never stopped treating me like his baby girl. I know he loved me through the day that he died. In fact, for all the days that he was alive – I knew he cherished me!
I dream of him sometimes. I hear his laugh often. I see his smile in my nephew, Jonathan, and in my baby boy, Jeremy. My dad didn’t want his best for me; he wanted God’s best for me. Daddy loved me through my obstinate years and never brought the past up to punish or shame me. Daddy was a great life guide. He was a great listener. He had great big hands that I believed could handle most anything. His love for me helped me to love and trust God.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39