Every once in a while someone will communicate in a way that just seems to shoot straight to the very center of your heart. It pierces the soul with such wisdom and insight and transparency that you feel as if someone has actually peeled back the layers and looked inside you. At least that’s how I felt when I read this from Bill Hybels:
Do you know the truth we never confess to? We all walk around wishing someone was thinking about us all the time – wishing that someone would move toward us with love all the time, be there for us all the time. We wish we were the center of someone’s world. We put pressure on friendships that they weren’t meant to bear. We raise the expectations higher and higher and people begin staying away.
Enter God. God says, “I have love of another kind. I have a lavish, uncontaminated, focused affection for you. I am thinking about you all the time. I am moving toward you with love all the time. I will be there for you all the time.” When you open your heart up to the love of God through Christ, that love becomes the bedrock foundation out of which you move in your human relationships.
Perhaps it sounds selfish to admit such a desire. Aren’t we suppose to be more concerned with others than we are ourselves? Yes. But it doesn’t come naturally. How can we give something we don’t have? Only when I allow myself to be loved by God can I love others more than myself.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, no matter what your circumstances of life might be right now… YOU ARE LOVED! Paul said it best when he said:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39