An Open Life

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Sometimes, the love of God overwhelms me. When I think back on my life before I loved Him in return, it was empty. I couldn’t see Him. I didn’t recognize His daily miracles. I wasn’t aware of His grace and mercy. I was unable to comprehend the deep peace He offers – a peace completely beyond my understanding, but one I feel down to my core.

Living life open to God’s love allows me to glimpse others through His love and treat them as His beloved son or daughter.

Living life open to God’s blessings allows me to see what a blessing others are and to be a blessing to them.

Living life open to God’s correction allows me to know being right is just not that important, and to welcome the correction of others into my own imperfect life.

Living life open to God’s timing allows me to empathize with the suffering of others, and to remind myself that His timing in my life is always better than my own.

Living life open to God’s Spirit allows me to speak His agenda instead of mine, walk His path instead of mine, and help someone else see His light instead of me.

Living a life open to God’s grace and forgiveness allows me to extend grace when others need it, forgive them when they don’t ask for it, and forgive myself when no one else will.

Living life open to God’s living water allows me to just live for today, to encourage someone today, to pray for someone today, and to admit I need God today.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please keep my heart open to You. Let me know You and love You more each day. Allow me to be Your lamp, so Your light shines through me. “Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8)

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