by Julie Hodgden
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Love is the main thing!! This might seem obvious, right? Love makes the world go round. Even the Beatles state this commonly held truth in their iconic song, “All you need is Love.” It was the power of love that motivated Jesus to die for the sins of humanity. Love can lead us to do some pretty powerful stuff. History is filled with incredible stories of the power of love, yet many of us do not really live our day to day lives out of love.
We find ourselves stressed, worried, frustrated, afraid, even angry. We live out each moment not out of love but striving for a myriad of ways to control ourselves or our environment. Why is that, despite the fact that most of us would rank “Love” as one of our deepest held values?
What if we really did live each day, each moment out of love? What would that look like? How would it change our motivation? For example; I hate going grocery shopping!!! The long lines, people in my way, shelling out major money, trying to remember everything I need, maneuvering a loaded-down cart around crowded aisles, rude cashiers... I could probably write a whole blog about how I loathe grocery shopping, but since I have a large family with lots of mouths to feed, it is a necessary evil that I must endure. After getting a revelation of the power of love and a strong desire to allow love to motivate my every action, I realized that I could go grocery shopping out of love.
I love my family and I want to feed them well so I could essentially tap into that love to fuel my grocery shopping. I don’t need to be coerced or wander the aisles resenting my life. I could shop with joy seeing every item as a blessing to our family. OK, so I know this sounds all “Pollyanna-ish" but seriously, there is a reason behind everything we do.
I married my husband because I love him, so why do I lose sight of that love and resent the compromises I make in our relationship? Most of us make decisions based on what we feel is the right thing to do, yet we let fear, stress or selfishness affect our emotions; and lose sight of the original love that motivated our decision in the first place. It all started with love, what would happen if we let that love motivate the day to day moments of living out our deepest held belief.
Today, let me encourage you to get back in touch with the love that has brought you to the place you are at today. Remember why you are at the job you are at. Did you take this job because it was your dream? Or maybe it is not your dream job and you work at it to provide for your family? Get back in touch with your dreams. Don’t lose sight of the real reasons behind what you do. What about the relationships in your life? Remember what it felt like when you first met your spouse, first held your child, first opened up to your friends! Let that love motivate the current relationship down to the most minute details. Live it out in every action!
My prayer is that as we get back in touch with the roots of our love, we will allow God’s love to fill our hearts until everything we do is out of an overflow of His love (which is far bigger and wider than our often selfish kind of love.) Ultimately, He set the example of living out love when He laid down His life for us to have a relationship with Him. What an inspiration to us!!
So, as we step into 2016, let's be challenged to live out the legacy of love that God has set before us; to allow every action and situation to be a conduit of His love to others. We know we won’t live this out perfectly, but God is the master at doing extraordinary things through flawed people who surrender to His love!