Monday, January 5, 2009
By Ellen Stumbo
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy 2009.
Most people come up with resolutions for the New Year. I have resolutions, but I will not share those for fear of someone wanting to keep me accountable, and honestly, how many people actually keep their resolutions? :)
But there is one I will share. A simple one. One that overwhelmed me as I was holding Nichole at church. She was snuggled up close to me as she slept through the sermon :)
The pastor talked about the journey of life and I started to picture my life. Then I thought, what will be the "movie" that plays out when I stand before the Lord. Will I see that my life was all about me? Or will I see that my life was pleasing an honoring to God. After all, that is the only kind of life worth living. A fulfilling, rich, and "alive" life. A life full of adventure, of passion, of meaningful moments that are forever etched in our hearts. I want my life to be lived for the one who gave His life for me.
What is the simple resolution?
Love without bounds. Complete love. Unconditional love. Love that surpasses all understanding.
What a big undertaking, don't you think? A simple resolution, yet so hard! So hard, because I am so in love with...me.
No, I do not expect to succeed every day, there is plenty of selfishness in me. But I can ask God to help me. Not only has He demonstrated the greatest love of all, but He gives it in plentiful amounts, each day.
As I held Nichole, I realized that before Nichole, I did not know much about unconditional love. Sure, I knew God loved me that way, but I did not know much about how to give that. This little baby that to many seems to be "less-than-perfect," has shown me more about love than I ever knew. She might be our guide in teaching us how to love.
So every day, I will pray and ask God to teach me how to love, how to see other people through His eyes.
Our family will never be the same...because of love.