Living and Loving

Yesterday I was reading Bible Gateway. I prefer to read the Bible on the go, rather than not at all. Or at least, if I’m very busy, I’d rather do it on the go, rather than not at all. I know that’s not ideal. Of course, I prefer to carve out time and sit and read slowly and carefully.

Yesterday’s reading was Ephesians 5. Verse 1 says, ‘Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters.‘ (The Passion Translation – TPT).

The reading for Sunday was 1 John 4 and verse 16 says, ‘We have come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and we trust in the love he has for us.‘ (TPT)

This is what I aim to do in every area of my life – meetings, work, family, relationships, writing, painting, walking, exercise, eating, sleeping, relaxing, and taking photographs.

I once had a friend who would praise God even when making the bed or doing other chores around the house. I’ve not reached that point, yet, but I am working on myself so that God’s love overflows in me, even when in difficult meetings, or while doing the dishes. I don’t get it right all the time, but I am working on placing God’s love for me, and my love for others, above life circumstances and my mental and emotional health.

One Spiritual Discipline that I’ve found to be hugely beneficial this past week has been to meditate on God. Basically, that has involved slowing down and focusing on my breathing. While breathing in I’ve said in my heart and mind ‘Breathe in Abba, breathe out … (a negative emotion or thought, or difficult situation – fill in the blank for yourself)’ and then I repeat that several times. I then breathe in Jesus and then the Holy Spirit in the same way. After that my focus shifts completely from what I was thinking and feeling and my heart and mind are peaceful and content once again. I share that with you in case you find it helpful, or would like to try it yourself.

Being imitators of God, in everything, is a tough calling, isn’t it? Likewise, to trust (always) in His love for us, even in challenging circumstances, is really difficult to do. But, let’s run the race of perseverance together. I’m cheering you on, but, better still, Jesus is cheering you on. We don’t travel this journey of life, with it’s ups and downs, alone.

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