this morning I was sitting on the floor with my daughter, Asher, waiting patiently on daddy to get home with Sunday morning donuts when we engaged in a conversation about love + Jesus. She’s always asking me “hey, where’s Jesus?” and as I told her he’s alive in her heart, and mommy’s heart…[and every other family member + pet’s name she could say] we talked about how he loves her. and us.
somehow the conversation turned, and she told me she didn’t love me, she only loved daddy. [maybe because he was getting her donuts and I wasn’t?]
we’ve been practicing our emotions, and so she knows what it means when I make the “sad face”. I sat there on the floor genuinely sad. even though I know she didn’t mean it, even though I know in my heart she deeply loves me. but the words that came out of my mouth reminded me of someone who loves us all with their life.
me: “Asher! I love you with my whole life, can’t you just show me that you love me too?”
as my three year old proceeded to lay in my lap and snuggle up to me, showing me her love and affection I was reminded that that someone who lives in our hearts loved us with his entire life. can’t we just show him we love him? is that too much to ask?
it seems so simple, and maybe it is. love God with all our life.
“And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.” – Romans 12:1-2, the message
I want to love God with my life. not because I’m supposed to, but because I love him. may my life “proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light” as 1 peter 2:9 says. Isn’t that beautiful? he chose us, and called us out of darkness into his light? Let’s live in that light and proclaim that love with how we live our lives.