This morning I continued my podcast journey by listening to Pastor Erwin McManus from Mosaic church in Los Angeles. McManus has written a series of quality books about creativity and overcoming adversity and I’d recommend them all.
He’s well-traveled, educated, eloquent, and motivational.
The message I listened to was on love. He talked about God operating out of love and our everyday lives being proof in that we aren’t struck down multiple times of day for our transgressions. He also said this:
Everything painful that you’ve ever done or has been done to you was motivated by love.
We define ourselves by love. If our heart is broken too many times, we decide “never to love again.” We can confuse sex with love and get caught in a game of devaluing what we have to offer.
My generation, now in their early 30’s, was known as the Divorce Generation. Almost 50% of us have grown up in single parent homes. When I was in college, a professor asked us to raise our hands if our parents were divorced. A little more than half the class responded positively, confirming the stats.
Those of us who follow Jesus are told to love our neighbors. We’ve seen Jesus, motivated by love, make the journey to the cross. Even so, it is a matter we get confused.
We close doors more than open them, talk about exclusion more than inclusion, and put a hatred of sin above the majesty of grace.
Love, Christ love, has the ability to change the world. We step forward in faith, motivated by our love for others, to pray and study, have community and make connections. We must be shoulders to cry on and hands to hold.
I’ve been blessed to be with an amazing woman who has loved me for the past seventeen years since high school. She’s looked past my faults, and believe me they are many, and hung in there. Val shows me what is means to be a better parent and follower of Jesus.
Tonight, know that love will define you in the way you let it, for better or worse, and it can make your life and world a better place.