What I’ve learned…


Live your life. Life is precious and you have the gift. You are here for a reason and you were made for a purpose. Your purpose is to bring God glory by saving and protecting through love–spiritually and physically. You were created to love and be loved and so this is your job, go and do it wholeheartedly . . . “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17) Don’t get lost in the world just existing from day to day, do something worthwhile with the time you have. Don’t stop yourself from living.

Pray always. “Be clear-minded and self-controlled so you can pray” (1 Peter 4:7) Pray reverentially; pray humbly. Come before God empty, ready to listen and ready to be filled. Real living is living like Christ. We cannot live like someone we do not know, so get to know this God of ours. Pore over his love letters to you and quiet your heart and mind to listen to his teachings. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a). Once you know who he is, you will love him, greatly desire to be like him, and to bring him glory. Pray for the courage to love, the humility to serve, and the wisdom to understand. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)

Love deeply. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7,8) Live your love through every word you utter and every action you perform – like Jesus loved. Love is dead without kindness and compassion that flows from the heart. Love your family, love your friends, love those who need you, love those who persecute you. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (Peter 4:10) Love forever; love without growing weary.

To love deeply don’t hold grudges, they are neither healthy for you nor loving for anyone around you. “If one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13b) To not forgive is a proud and selfish thing to do.

To love deeply apologize quickly when you’ve done wrong.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4,7)

Be real. Be open and honest; I have found that the company of one makes for a very lonely world. It’s impossible to hide from everyone forever so I urge you, learn to trust. Don’t be scared or surprised by pain. It will come but learn to forgive. Love and joy will be there also and as you find them, fight for them, and fight for them hard; all the while, holding them out to others.

Keep your faith. Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reasons as once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off,’ you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion.” – C. S. Lewis “Now, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

Be courageous. Even through trials and tribulations remember that these are only an obstacle for your faith. Face them with joy, knowing they can bring you strength. Remember,  True courage is not about being fearless; it’s about overcoming fear, going ahead with something worthwhile even though you’re terrified.” –Cus D’Amato. It’s through trials we become strong if we have the desire and diligence to learn.

Hold onto your hope. Remember these words I once heard from a friend: “I know not what my future holds but I know who holds my future” — Sterling Hitch, so also is it true for you.

Remain humble. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –John Wooden “If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people’s opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. The Lord has willed me here where I am. He will offer a solution.” –Mother Teresa


One response to “What I’ve learned…

  1. Reblogged this on Living Life Fully and commented:

    I’m reading through posts from around this time a year and two years ago. In 2011 I posted this from my journal in August of 2010… I think I was wiser then than I am now. So much has happened in life the last three years. Ups and downs. Leaning to love and let go. Learning to forgive and trust again. I wouldn’t have chosen all the happenings to take place in my life story that have, but I trust God has a plan for it all and he’s shaping me into the person he wants me to be. With that said, my journaling from three years ago was an encouragement to me tonight, and it might be for you too.

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