Hello We Are His Daughters readers! I’m so excited for the opportunity to be part of this ministry, share my heart with you and this opportunity to grow together, even if it is through a computer screen.
As Mandy shared, I’m a wife, a mom of three and serve in ministry at my home church. I truly feel blessed by God to be able serve and love the people, big and small, in both my home and my church.
Because I’m a mom and serve in ministries where we follow the school calendar, September is always a busy time. (But really, what time of year isn’t.) I usually try and take the summer months to evaluate, review and set goals and take some time for extra soul care. And as usual, God uses that time to show me some “growth opportunities” in my life.
One of the “growth opportunities” He showed me over the last few months is my struggle to value people. As usual, I argued with Him a bit and started listing all the people I valued in my life. And as usual, He started bringing people to mind who I don’t. It’s that list of “EGR” or “extra grace required”. Eeek! Didn’t like that list so much.
God gently and lovingly reminded me that not only was I probably on someone else’s “EGR” list, but that I needed to review what grace actually was. And tucked in the back of my Bible in the notes section, I see that grace is receiving the gifts and rewards of God that we don’t deserve. Gulp!
And this passage immediately came to mind: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us. and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:7-12
What jumped out to me in that passage was the pronouns us and we. Strange, I know, but what that told me is this message and reminder was not just for one person, but for a group of people. A group who probably had some “EGR” people in their midst. And notice that God did not give a footnote, an asterisk or a parentheses that said “you only have to love those people that are likeable and easy to get along with”. Nope, none of that!
Friends, I’m praying I’m not the only one who needs this message and reminder today. This amazing truth that God valued and loved each one of us so much, He chose to send His only Son to this earth to be our sacrifice.
So after this huge wake-up call from the Lord, I’m being purposeful and intentional in looking for the value in every person He chooses to put in my path. Will you join me?