No one had more spiritual tenacity than the apostle Paul, and he made no bones about what kept him on the path amidst unparalleled pain and persecution. In 2 Corinthians 5:14, he wrote, “The love of Christ controls us” (NASB). … You see our callings may differ, but if we’re going to follow Jesus Christ in the power of the crucified life, our compellings will be the same. Only love compels to the death. Dear one, life is hard. Opposition is huge. Circumstances will inevitably happen in all our lives that will defy all discipline, determination, and conviction. Love keeps burning when everything else disintegrates in an ashen heap. Pray for this one thing more than you pray for your next breath. I am convinced love is everything.
Quoted from The Beloved Disciple by Beth Moore
If I could just get this one thing straightened out- loving Jesus more than myself, more than my kids, my husband, my sister, my mom... More than sleeping and eating... More than being comfortable and getting what I want... More than being recognized for what I do, more than what I've done in the past.... More than reading and music and acting and dreaming and escaping...
If I could just get this one thing straightened out, I think life would be simpler.
Not less busy. Not less difficult. Not less frightening. Not less painful.
Just more focused.
Dwelling daily in His presence.
Doing His will.
Bringing the Kingdom here on earth.
Less worried, more willing...
And so it goes.
3 months ago