Today, I write about my #1 love, although there are times when I fail to prioritize this love in my life because I’m imperfect – my love for God. Truly, it is the greatest love because all the other loves I’ll eventually write about are rooted in it.
When we love someone or something, it means we’ve established a commitment; we’ve devoted a part of ourselves to care for this person/thing, to be around them, to understand them. And because I love God, this means I’ve committed my life to Him, making me a follower of Him aka a Christian.
It’s easy to type all that out, but the true test is living it. I can’t and won’t sit here and say that I’ve done everything perfectly, although I have given it my best. I’m learning daily how to live close to Jesus, and to love like Him, and this world constantly tests that love as much as it can.
But I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without God’s grace, mercy, and love. I know that He’s heard and answered my prayers and the prayers of many of my loved ones as well (and those answers aren’t all “yes,” either, but He’s still faithful!). He’s allowed me to do and see things that I never thought I’d be able to do or see. But I don’t base my love of Him on all of that, I base it on the fact that He’s SAVED me from my sins and mistakes that I have made and will make.
People these days get squirmy when it comes to talking about God, and I’ll admit that it’s hard for me to not squirm myself sometimes because of possible reactions I’d get, but truly, without God, I am nothing. Without His Love, I would be lost. And I don’t want to be ashamed to admit that to anyone when He’s done so much for me (and when I write that, that doesn’t mean I get everything I want, it just means I received what I needed to be on the path He’s called me to be on).
My love for God isn’t about religion, but about relationship. It’s hard for me to hear people think that loving God means it’s all about rules or do’s and don’ts. Of course, there are things that as a Christian, I should uphold to because I love (also read: am committed and devoted to) God; it’s like any other earthly relationship we have: we do support our friends or significant others, and we don’t tell any and everyone their business. There are do’s and don’ts there, so why do we feel constricted when it comes to loving God?
It’s some thoughts to chew on! Again, I don’t write all this to say that I have it all together, or that I know everything there is to know about God, because I surely do not. However, I’m not afraid to ask questions or admit my lack of knowledge when I need to.
So, let’s talk! …
What would you say is your number one love? How do you feel about God – is He more relationship or religion to you? Why?
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. I may not have all the answers, but I’d love to discuss things with y’all! 😊