Adverb: with no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.
Are you getting the gist of what I’ve been trying to get at over the last few days? To encourage you to not just accept what is o.k. or passable, but to challenge yourself to live fully?
At the risk of repeating myself, let me say again: you are a complex being. Your thought life, your experiences, your physical well-being, your perceptions, who you think you are are all vital components that help make up the quality of your existence.
But I would remiss if I did not, once again, touch on the importance of recognizing the God of the universe and how much He digs you. It is not about what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you. It’s about who you are, and what He’s done for you. I used to think that God had to love me because it was just how it worked… but I didn’t see it as a deep, all-encompassing, knock-your-socks-off kind of love, because well, that was kinda weird. I was just one of the gazillion people ever to walk the earth and not very important. Funny thing is, when I slammed to the bottom of my pit of hell and finally reached out to God, begging for mercy, you know what happened? He gave me more than I ever dreamed.
It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had a lot of work to do, skewed perceptions to right, and responsibility to take; but not once have I been alone. Because I took the risk to ask Him to walk with me, He has never left my side. It’s been hard. It’s been painful. But it’s also been full of joy. And now, as I continue this journey of becoming all that I was created to be, I recognize His smile. His beckoning. His direction.
Friend, it all comes down to this: His love and mercy is free. It cost Him immensely, so that you and I could benefit. He gave us the ability to choose. (Why do you think the world can be so messed up, and yet so good? Because He gave us the freedom to make choices and we regularly exercise that.) When we choose to do life with Him, and when we choose to let Him love us completely as He so longs to do, that is when transformation happens.
God’s love isn’t some wishy-washy-fruity-kinda-icky-sweet-mumbo-jumbo for the weak and flighty. It is a powerful force that completes. It is the gas in the car, the food in the system, the reason for all that is good. It makes life happen. And it comes from one source. Jehovah.
He is Absolute, and He loves you. Absolutely.
He desires for you to become all that He intended for you to be. And He will be right there with you if you ask.
I hope you ask.
Be you. Absolutely.