As discussed in the last few posts, at the beginning of each new year, I choose a single word or short phrase as my theme for that year. The phrase I’ve chosen for 2019 is “Learn to Love Better.” Learning to love in a more Christ-like way, I believe, is a grand vision.
I thought a lot about love during the recent Christmas season. An angel told a band of lowly shepherds they would find their Savior as a babe, lying in a manger, wrapped in strips of cloth. Shepherds could grasp this image, but here’s the truth. Emmanuel—God with Us—came to earth from Heaven wrapped as the gift of God’s love. The willingness of Jesus to become humanity showed men and women, boys and girls, rich and poor, healthy and infirm exactly what Godly love looks like.
Our God-ordained mission begins with embracing the Triune God—Father, Son and Spirit—as well as the triune love Jesus taught.
“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself.’”
Love God, love others and love self. It’s easy to lose the essence of triune love when bombarded with cultural chaos, political pettiness, doctrinal dogma, personal insecurities and the bustle and busyness everyday life demands.
I’m all too familiar with barriers that hinder my ability to love God—as The Message describes—with all my passion, prayer and intelligence. Oftentimes, I don’t feel like loving those I find annoying or those outside my comfortable paradigm. And, if I’m truthful, many times I find it hard to love my exasperating, inadequate self.
Again, today, I thought some of Ron’s recent eagle photos would provide a bit of inspiration as we ask God to increase our vision in order to accomplish whatever theme we’ve chosen to guide and challenge us through this upcoming year.
Exodus 19:4 (NRSV)
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Despite whatever obstacle we may encounter in 2019, I’m praying each of us will be able to:
- Remember how God has been faithful in the past.
- Fly above life’s storms.
- Soar on eagle wings, high about maddening situations in a broken world.
Blessings to you, my friends…
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