It’s an old platitude that when you put God in His proper place, everything else goes into its’ proper place. I feel that’s true, today more than ever. I feel…empowered, enlivened, enjoyable, lighter, loved, cherished, possible, encouraged, excited, hopeful, and..at long last…peaceful. Yes, after many years of struggling and questioning and doubting, I have found peace. I will never relinquish it. I have fought for this reward, this gift. It is precious, it will not be squandered or taken for granted.
I forgive those who have hurt me in the past and acknowledge the hurt I have caused in return. I claim my birthright of peace as a princess, the daughter of the Most High God. I accept my responsibilities and various roles within my life. I embrace my Christianity and my ability to love others, knowing that I will most likely get hurt, but also knowing that it will definitely hurt me more to close off my heart. I want to love abundantly and extravagantly, like Jesus does.
Scary thought, isn’t it, the idea of loving beyond our usual safety boundaries? Without any guarantee that we will be loved back by the human beings we are trying to love? Yet, that is what we are called to do. If we are truly Christ followers, we need to love like He does, sacrificially and unconditionally. We can claim the peace and other gifts that are our birthright as children of our Lord.
Are you ready to claim yours?