Friday, February 25, 2011

A Return to Love (Part 2)…

"I will very gladly spend and be spent for you" 2 Corinthians 12:15

This is what I’m talking about. A true love that is not focused on itself.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13

This is what love is about. It’s about community and sacrifice. This is what makes Christianity so radically different than other “religions” (we shall tackle the whole religion issue at a later date). While there are some religions that have good morals Christianity is about love, but not love for yourself or love for the sake of getting something out of it for yourself.

The love I’m talking about is a no holds barred attack at our pride. Our you strong enough to fight yourself to truly love others?


Remain spiritually tenacious


A return to “love” (part 1)…

Oh, such a dreaded four letter word. A word, that if we were to do some word association, would immediately get the response of the word hate from me.

I recently told a friend of mine that I no longer believed in “love” and had no use of the word. We “love” everything. Here is a list of things that I “love”, in no particular order…pizza, my bed, my cell phone, having dependable transportation, my apartment.

The list could go on but the point I am trying to make is that none of those items can return the feeling of “love” that I have for them. In fact there are very few things that can do so.

I try to start each morning by reading Oswald Chambers. Just the over day he said something that threw me, the force of this throw was combined with the moving of the Spirit in other areas of my day but Chambers words none the less stirred me.

“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love”

There it is…that was my problem the whole time…

I tried for too long to manufacture a “love” that was one sided. In doing so and failing I told my self that there was no more “love”.

Chambers continues, “If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all.”

“It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.”

Sometimes what we think we feel and what we feel are two different things. The challenge, at least for me is to not to confuse the two ever again.


Remain spiritually tenacious

- Higgins

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I have returned…

I envy the Japanese. They are notorious for living two lives. The life that they show everyone i.e. people at work, school, strangers, etc and the life that they show just their families and closest friends.

I have envied this type of living for many years because I too was trying to do the same. Building up walls between the people I knew. I could have my work life, my church life, my friends life, and my family life. In all situations I could be the person of my choosing, the person I thought they expected me to be.

It wasn’t an easy task separating the lives but for me it was worth it. For me it meant that I never truly had to be myself. The only time I was myself was when I was alone.

After some recent and past revelations I have began to see that it is not worth it to build walls. I have seen how terrible things can come out of this unhealthy desire to hide myself. If I am truly created in the image of Christ than why am I trying to hide that image?

Expect more posts from now on. By more I mean once a day, even on the bad days.


Remain spiritually tenacious