Hello friends!!! It has been a little while since my last post, I apologize! We have had a whirlwind of a week! We started with some of our favorite people in the world coming to town for a visit, and in the midst of us trying to get as much time with them as possible, we had a mini vacation because my incredible hubby had to work out of town (a chance to get out of the Phoenix heat is always a yes for me)! Then I was home for one day, spent as much time with my friend as possible, then I left town, with my fantastic mama, to go see The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Oklahoma! Do not worry, I will be posting all about this incredible experience, complete with piles of pictures, next week!
One incredible part of this four day getaway, is the amount of reading I have been able to do! If you remember from one of my first posts, Summer Reading, I picked up the book, Everybody Always. I will tell you what. This book is challenging my heart more than any other book recently. This book is all about becoming love, the way Christ commanded us. Meaning, loving EVERYBODY ALWAYS. Not in a “feeling” way, or a safe, convenient sort of way, but in a doing sort of way, even when it is scary and inconvenient. I will be honest, I thought I was pretty good at this…
The book is short and easy to read. The author, Bob Goff is a great storyteller, I have cried, laughed out loud (on the plane no less…have you heard my laugh? Not subtle). I am challenged and inspired at the same time. I am facing the fact that I have decided how I want to love. The problem is, God is not asking for my opinion about how. In fact, this book has been a tool God is using to show me I need to stop worrying about a plan of how to love, and just do it.
One of the stories, in the book, is about a young man, with his whole future ahead of him and a great deal of potential, who becomes almost completely paralyzed at 18. Y’all, the things this young man does, and then does for others, made me ask God for forgiveness…
I mean seriously, what would happen if I was truly willing to let God use everything I have? Am I too committed to my own will to see the opportunities to love around me? Unfortunately, it is not usually because I cannot do something, it is simply that I won’t.
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Currently, I am close to a situation, where I can step out in extravagant love. I am a bit fearful, apprehensive, thinking about what others will say, and whether or not, I want to be inconvenienced…ugh!!! This battle between pleasing myself or others, and loving the way Jesus loved is so hard sometimes!
In the Bible, Jesus already told me what to do in this situation. In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus shares a parable about a man who was mugged and left on the side of the road. Three men walked down that same road. Two did not stop, two did not help, two did not love. The third, the most unlikely of the three to help, stopped and loved. (This is a great story, by the way. If you do not know it, pause and read it now). The point is, Jesus told us, “Go and do likewise.”
I do not know if I am done blogging about this book yet. Like I said, God is using it to stir my heart in a hundred ways. However, I just have to tell you, the story toward the end of the book is so crazy in every way. I still have not figured out how to process it all, and I am not sure I am brave enough for the unbelievable things God could do, but I want to be!
So today, I pray, help me to be brave and to move. To love with an extravagant love, no matter how it affects me. Because it isn’t about me…it is about helping everyone to know the glory of God.
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