I was just on facebook procrastinating and found a quote on a friend's status:
'When you have no helpers, see all your helpers in God. When you have many helpers, see God in all your helpers. When you have nothing but God, see all in God; when you have everything, see God in everything. Under all conditions, stay thy heart only on the Lord.' -Charles H. Spurgeon
I just thought it was really beautiful, and rather relevant for this time of year; when things are busy and focus is on so much that God can get pushed out of the picture.
I realise that I haven't said anything about New Word Alive since returning, and this is a fail
New Word Alive was really helpful for me. I found it both encouraging and challenging.
I am going to share a couple of things from that week...
1. God is all.
One thing that has stuck with me the most is that God doesn't need us, that we aren't important. Now, don't get me wrong, He wants us and to Him we are incredibly important and precious. But for His plan to work, we aren't the responsible ones.
We have our roles, but we aren't needed:
It isn't our faith... it's God's faithfulness.
2. To love God, we must understand His love for us.
In life people may let us down. Friends, family and loved ones can make us feel unloved. But we still love them. This love for them, however, can be from our own will (even if only for a short while). We can choose to love them anyway.
With God, a being that we can't always see and feel, it can be really hard to love Him. I know that sounds terrible, but it's true... at least for me. But I know that the only way I can love Him is through His love for me.
Just think about that for a moment...
The only way I can love Him, is through His love for me...
While that can sound like a 'cop-out', handing all responsibility over to God, it is amazing in itself! and guess what... God already has that responsibility, not in a burdensome way, but because He is Love!
When we find it hard to love God, just think about His love for us... remind yourself of the Gospel and all its greatness!
It is so freeing to realise that everything is on God!
This doesn't mean that we are to be lazy... God's love should spur us into action and love for others.
Tapping into the source of Love can only lead to a constant flow of love!
It is so beautiful to think of God and His love for us! :)
And what a beautiful thing to reflect on in the first steps of my year as 20! :)
The Joy that overflows with His Love!