Thanks for visiting my new website. This is my first blog entry making it somewhat momentous for me.
I thought I’d begin with a topic that gives me the excuse of introducing you to my family. My wife, Nichole and I just celebrated our 19th anniversary. Through adoption, we’ve brought five wonderful children into our home. The oldest is 14 and the youngest just turned 5. You can learn out more about my clan by clicking on the “adoption” page link above. I’ll also be providing more details about these fast-growing kids in future blogs.
Now that you’ve been introduced, let’s get to our topic for today.
It All Boils Down to Love
The Gospels record how Jesus summarized the Jewish law into two points. First, as God’s children we are to love Him with our whole heart, our whole mind, and our whole being. Equally important, He said we should love our neighbor as ourselves. But the question arises, “If we are to love God with our whole heart, how then are we able to love our neighbors with great passion at the same time?
We see from Jesus’s teaching that our God-given ability to love isn’t a single arrow to be shot at one target. In fact, God’s given you an exceedingly large number of arrows so that your love can be directed to a host of targets. It’s not only possible, but God designed you so that your heart would be fully given to many. You’re able to do this because loving someone with your whole heart simply means you do it without reservation.
Each of us holds many positions in life: spouse, parent, child, friend, sibling, coworker, classmate, etc. Therefore, loving people fully doesn’t look the same with each person. For example, I don’t exercise my love for Nichole in the same way I do my children. This doesn’t mean, however, that my love for anyone in my family is lesser or contrary to the other.
Unfortunately, you and I must concede that neither of us are perfect lovers. We all “fall short” as the Scriptures say. Although some may be better than others, none of us love God or each other as well as we should. Who can say they give their all for the benefit of others while offering complete forgiveness when they’re disappointed? Only one Lover does all that!
Loving us in ways our minds can’t comprehend, God is the greatest lover. He loves perfectly. By creating us in His image, we’re made to be great lovers too. But unlike God, you and I need help. And one of the ways God tries to stimulate our hearts in the right direction is by providing us an abundance of worthy targets.