Moving Truth from the Head to the Heart
“What is your purpose in life?” our Sunday School teacher asked the class. My mind flitted about, hunting for the precise answer. I recently posted about the ultimate purpose for everything in the universe, but this question was specific to me personally. What is my purpose? I thought of the seven children I am raising, of my counseling degree, of the book and this blog that I am writing.
Then a friend spoke up from across the room, “I think my purpose is to love and be loved.” That was IT! The Lord spelled it out more specifically for me later when I was journaling, but, boiled down to its Reader’s Digest Condensed form, this is exactly what my purpose in life is! It combines John Piper’s quoted purpose from my previous blog entry: “So that the glory of Christ could be put on display where He bought the rebellious bride at the cost of His life”, with my part in the plan.
I am to love and be loved. The second part is the foundation. I am loved. He planned it all out so that He could demonstrate that intense love by dying for me. And every day, as I spend time in His presence and talk over life issues with Him, He reassures me again of His love and care and concern for me. He patiently and tenderly draws me back when I get distracted. He speaks words of encouragement, and even correction, with a kindness that makes me want to obey. He blesses me with physical blessings; I live like royalty compared to the rest of the world!
Because I am loved, I can rest securely. I’ve screwed up enough times for Him to see how bad I am on my own, but He remains faithful. He doesn’t give up on me. He woos me back and reassures me that nothing has changed. He still loves me as intensely as before.
And now I can love. I can pass that love – which is really just His love – from deep inside my spirit where He dwells, through my personality and talents, and out to others. I can love my children, no matter how busy or exhausted I am or how they might behave. I can counsel others and channel His love and wisdom out to hurting individuals. I can write and tell anyone who will listen about the awesomeness of my Beloved! When I wake up, I can begin to watch for who He will bring along for me to love that day. I am to love and be loved.
To love and be loved. How does He express it through you? You may not have family, counseling, and writing as expressions of love. What are yours? What gifts has He given through which you can express love?
Who do You want to love through me today, Lord? Here am I, send me.