“Love one another”. John 13:34
What a simple verse.
What does it mean to love one another?
Well. One thing I am reminded of tonight is that God created us for relationships. To build relationships. To expect God to work. To expect Gods great love to move even in the simplest of moments. I am reminded of Love.
Tonight a message notification popped up from a few girls I counselled at a camp in Northwest Territories.
A simple message reminded me of the power of God’s simple, extravagant love.
“Goodnight. Love you guys”.
Simple. Yet so powerful. So full of meaning.
I have been wrestling with God over these past few days, trying to learn about who He is and who He calls me to be in Him.
I was reminded tonight that what He calls me to is love.
A simple yet extravagant love.
The girl from camp changed our group message name to “Friends Forever”.
God brought us up to counsel kids at a camp for one week during the summer. We could have just said, “Oh it’s only a week” and not expected God to do something up there.
But God worked there in a way that leaves me in awe. He gave these kids a glimpse of what love really is. A glimpse of their worth. A glimpse of His love for them. God used that one week to change their lives – to show them that somebody (a lot of somebody’s) really do care about them. He also used that week to change my life too. He used kids to show me what His love is all about. I love that about Him. He uses even the youngest of us to display His love. What a beautiful picture of unceasing love.
Children have an abundance of love. They are quick to forgive – full of joy and full of simple love. They get excited over the smallest things. They love without conditions. They love the way God loves – simply yet extravegantly. Simply yet constant. God’s love is a beautiful thing.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God has a reason for your life. I know I always seem to brush past this verse, because I’ve heard it so many times before.
But just let that sink in for one second.
God has a plan for your life. He knows what is in store for you – and it is to give you hope. To give you a future. To love you.
I am learning that He doesn’t give up on us. He doesn’t walk away when we seem to be discouraged or a mess. He draws near and says, “Oh my child. I have a plan for you. I am so excited to show you”.
It’s been 6 months since we were at camp with these girls, and one of our girls named our group message “Friends Forever.”
God made a difference with one week of us investing in these kids.
Nothing He calls us into is too small for Him to work through.
Whether He calls you to dishing out a bowl of soup for a man who needs something to ease the hunger,
whether He calls you to leading a group of 3 girls at a camp for a week,
or whether He calls you to giving up a moment of your time to spark up a conversation with someone in line at the grocery store – no opportunity to love that He puts in our path is too small for Him to work through.
We are called to love. Simply yet extravagantly.
Love is action. Being called to love means being called to expect God to work – to allow Him to move in us. To be present.
His love changes lives.
His love is unstoppable.
“But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up!” 1 John 3
“Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Corinthians 13