Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Unconditional Love

So I was reading Day Nine last night and some parts of it actually brought tears to my eyes. I was a huge reminder of: "For God so loved the world that He have His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
There truly is no greater love!!

PRINCIPLE TWO ~ Love Completely

"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation."
~ Corrie Ten Boom
Heart of the Matter
** "Our investment in the people we care about is the only legacy that has the power to endure beyond our lifetime."
Make it Count Moment
If you only had a month to live, whom would you want to spend that time with? Whom would you need to apologize to? Who needs to be assured to today that you love them? What keeps you from spending the time and saying these words now?
-- family, family, family & family. I have no excuses or no real reason. Just need to do better.
**"And I pray that you, firmly fixed in love yourselves, maybe be able to grasp... how wide and deep and long and high is the love of Christ--and to know for yourselves that love so far beyond comprehension." Ephesians 3:17-19, Phillips
**"If you could cut through the busyness and blurred priorities and absorb the fact that your remaining time on earth is limited, you can experience more intimacy in your life than ever before."
Make If Last For Life
1. Make a list of the people you would want to see and to share your heart with if you knew your time on earth was limited to one more month. What specific steps could you take to connect with one of them and share your heart? It could be as simple as making a date with your spouse or planning a reunion with a close friend.
I'd want to spend that time with close friends and family. I already spend each day with them, but need to find ways to make more moments count! Take in each moment and stop going through the motions of each day.
2. Choose someone you know you have hurt by your words, actions, or silence. Write a letter asking this person's forgiveness and explaining everything you'd like to say before it's too late. Set the letter aside for a few days, and then reread it and decide if you should send it.
Wow... I'd have to think on this one. I pray that I haven't hurt anyone!!
3. Think through your schedule for the next day or two. No matter how busy you may be, find a time to surprise someone yo love. Take a friend to a favorite restaurant. Pick up the kids early from school and go to the park. Kidnap your spouse from the office and go out for coffee. Find a way to add quality connections to your life on a daily basis.
Excellent ideas. Will post later to let you know exactly what and who I surprised!!

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