The Greatest Thing in the World
"You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." Henry Drummond
I'm reflecting back on this past year and contemplating the coming days. What did I do right and what do I wish I could do differently … and more importantly, how can I be more effective for God's Kingdom?
In 1988, I founded Love Gifts Ministries. The cry of my heart was to help hurting people through the demonstration of God's love. God had done such amazing, miraculous healing to my heart and life and all I wanted to do, was to share the transforming power of His love with others! Since that time, God has expanded us to an international ministry ~ and the love of God, flowing through me, now touches thousands of lives across the globe every year. So in my reflective thoughts on life and ministry (inseparable!) my actions were measured by love. After all, I'm supposed to be giving away gifts of love. (Love gifts) From God's heart to yours.
Showing love to others is what drives me to rise each day with a song in my heart and peace in my soul. Yes, sometimes–even often times, it is not easy to love or to demonstrate love. But more often then not, I am an effective minister of God's love. God has done so much for me–how can I help but show my gratitude to Him any greater than passing a long His love to others?
When I stop showing His love to others, my life becomes self-absorbed and I get bogged down with cares of this world, distractions of this present age and the burdens of others that are way too heavy for me to carry.
But when I flow with Him and allow Him to use me as an instrument of His Spirit, then I thrive in life. This is what Henry Drummond was referring to when he wrote "…the moments you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."
Our heavenly Father put it this way, "Dear children, let us not love (merely) in word or tongue, but in (corresponding) action and in truth" And "For everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith" also, "… there are three worth pursuing … faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love".
What is it that drives you to rise each day with a song in your heart and peace in your soul? Or if these qualities of life are missing in yours, what answer is there for their absence?
Loving others and being loved in return are what makes for a life worth living. Self-indulgent people are the unhappy people in the world. Surrounding ones self with titles, positions, material gain and the perfect setting to live and play in, fall short of the sweet satisfaction to be found in loving others and receiving love in return.
What is true religion? What is the basis for God's appraisal of our lives? It is this; to care for the fatherless, to care for the women without husbands, to care for those in captivity. To give a cup of cold water in His Name is to give what is needed to someone who is lacking the ability to provide it for themselves. To do it as unto God, thus, doing it to God.
"To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain."
In this world, troubles abound. I receive prayer requests from around the world everyday. The persecution of Christians in India; The severe hunger and famine in many African nations; The havoc of a war torn land in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; Natural disasters in the Philippines and Indonesia; The economic woes, injustices, government failure, parental failure, financial failure… the list goes on and on. What hope can I give to these people if not for love? What words can I say that will keep people moving forward in situations like these? What wisdom can I offer that will keep people living? I truly believe, with dozens of testimonies coming back to me and from my personal experience, that people are motivated by genuine, caring love.
This is why it is imperative that we pay attention to those thirsty, dehydrated-by-life-experiences people that come across our paths – to give them a cup of cold water. To speak words of hope and comfort to give rest to their weary souls. To speak words of faith that will encourage them and build them up. To be Christ-like in our words and behavior, that point to only one answer … the love of God.
May this coming year be one filled with life moments where you are truly living.
Keeping you in my heart with love and in my prayers always,