Habits can become a cause of misfortune, when they render us prone to barely registering things that, though unfamiliar, deserve careful engagement. Instead of editing out the lesser things, so that we can concentrate on what is crucial, we end up editing out elements of the world that have much to offer us.
Our ordinary responses to the sky, our friends, the shapes of rooms, the joys of our children, the buildings we drive past every day and the expressions on the faces of our spouses are too often flattened and clichéd. We may take little notice because we rest assured that we have already seen them clearly enough.
…Poverty wasn’t created by God. God didn’t mess up and make too many people or not enough stuff. Poverty was created by us because we really haven’t lived into His vision of loving our neighbor as ourselves and of really understanding that someone else’s suffering needs to be mine and it demands something of us. When you have a massive disparity between the rich and the poor, that is unsustainable.
Keep pushing through it all. You’ll get through and it will be the best feeling knowing you never gave up. God will bless you soon, dear.
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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13:13) Faith has to do with our walk with God and how we desire to know him more. Hope pertains to our attitude and how much we trust that God is faithful and sovereign. And finally, love is the action. Once we have the first two, God’s love will overflow through us. Loving others is the natural expression of our relationship with God. He is love. (1 John 4:16)
Showing love to others is our way to share God’s love. I hope that I will not show love because it’s the “good” or “right” thing to do, but because it is a way to glorify Him. After all,
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. (1 John 19-21)
Does your faith fully express itself through loving others? :)
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