Giving thanks always for all things unto God… (Ephesians 5:20 KJV)
Here we are at post three for July and at somewhat of a celebration for my blog. I’m six months in and I am enjoying every minute of it! Grateful Friday is a week early this month, and today I’m sharing a few words and passages that I keep close to my heart as I make my way through this writing journey. Or really, through life. I have plenty others that are favorites and for which I’m thankful for how they’ve shaped me, but I’d be here all day if I shared them all. So…
First, my own early words. Sorry, but I HAD to start here. The picture below shows a recipe I copied by hand from a magazine, which I then presented to my grandmother as a letter. (As you can see, I had motive.) On more than one occasion when I was little, I’d find something to copy, not knowing that it was a sort of foretelling. I appreciate that my grandmother, rest her soul, kept a few of my “letters,” and every now and then I pull them out and remember my meager beginnings.
Next… “Want to know God’s will for your life? Then answer this question: What ignites your heart? Forgotten orphans? Untouched nations? The inner city? The outer limits? Heed the fire within! Do you have a passion to sing? Then sing!… Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them! As a young man I felt the call to preach. Unsure if I was correct in my reading of God’s will for me, I sought the counsel of a minister I admired. His counsel still rings true. ‘Don’t preach,’ he said, ‘unless you have to.’ As I pondered his words I found my answer: ‘I have to. If I don’t, the fire will consume me.'” (Passage from The Great House of God by Max Lucado)
Third… “Living in God’s true love is a process. First, God loves us, and by faith, we receive His love. We then love ourselves in a balanced way, give love back to God, and learn to love other people.” (Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional) Understanding love is so important in any type of ministry, right? It has to be at the center of it all. Joyce gives a concise but clear statement on the process of love, how it flows from God to us. I pray my words always come from a place of love. And speaking of…
And last… “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” This is from 1 Corinthians 13. You can read the full chapter here. This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It’s beautiful and poetic. And as I just mentioned, love must be at the center of our work if we are to fulfill God’s calling.
How about you? What verses or quotes have inspired your journey?