Love Everyone Always

I spent last weekend with one of my favorite girlfriends in British Columbia, Canada.  We played two rounds of golf and recharged our batteries.  It was such a relaxing trip and that part of the world is so stunningly beautiful.  I had limited cell coverage and we never turned on the TV.  We got back on Sunday afternoon in time for me and my family to attend the 6pm service at Life Center where Paster Joe addressed the murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge, LA.  It was the first I had heard of that specific act of senseless violence, one of many instances around the world that seem to be happening more and more regularly.  My heart aches for the victims, friends and families impacted by these events.  Paster Joe also mentioned that this time the Baton Rouge PD pointed people to prayer during the press conference.  Not new legislation ideas, gun laws or finger pointing.  Prayer.  We, as a congregation, prayed for the softening of hearts in our nation and in people around the world.  We prayed for healing.

Yesterday I was trying to catch up on my Bible reading plan and the first two verses I read were from Titus chapter 3:  “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to always be gentle toward everyone.”  Yes – all lives matter.  I often hear in the message at church, “Love means doing what is best for someone else, no matter what it costs you.”  Love isn’t a feeling, it’s an action.  I’m certainly not perfect and I make mistakes, well – daily.  However, I try to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus so that I may be a light in times of darkness and live in a way that points people to Him.

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:20-21 NIV

I love Romans 12:20-21.  We’re not talking about causing physical harm with the burning coals here… we’re stirring up a response of remorse in our enemy.  When we respond with love, our enemy sees our kindness in the face of their meanness, causing them to be remorseful for their actions toward us.

Overcome evil with good.

Simple stuff.  We’re human though, so that means it’s not always easy, but it is simple. Love everyone always.

Life Center: Don’t Lose Heart

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2 Corinthians 4:17

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

Today’s daily verse from Air 1 in my inbox.  The timing of these can’t be by accident.  It always seems to be something I need to hear.  Life on Earth is so temporary compared what is to come.  Live it to the fullest, rejoice in the positive and don’t dwell on the negative.

Happy Place

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  -Psalm 19:1

The most vivid pink, yellow and orange briefly filled the sky last night.  What a beautiful sunset.  Witnessing God’s handy work every evening is one of the many reasons our back deck has become my happy place.  No matter what kind of day I’ve had or what lies ahead, I can go out to the deck, sit back in my chair and just breathe.  It’s so quiet and peaceful – the worries and stress of life melt away and for the time that I’m there, all is right with the world. Continue reading