LOVE WITHOUT EXPECTATION

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In this season of Lent – repentance is the key thought – humbling ourselves before our God – asking for His forgiveness for our sinful ways – giving thanks for His gift of salvation.  Because of these things, we may want to sacrifice things that we’ve been hanging onto to tightly.  We might fast or meditate on God’s Word. These things  are good, but salvation isn’t the result of them.  That happens only by the grace of God.

The act of unconditional love is something we humans have a great deal of trouble with.  It’s tough for us to forgive when we’ve been hurt by words or deeds.  We tend to add those hurts to the baggage that gets heavier each day.  Unconditional love requires us to put others before ourselves and that’s a tough concept. We may wonder what’s in it for us?  how will I benefit? We may even falsely believe that love is for fools and a sign of weakness.

Lent marks the beginning of the liturgical calendar in our churches.  What a perfect time to start over by making a to-do list or some unselfish resolutions.

How about doing an act of random kindness each day?   As we contemplate the sacrifices Jesus made for us, let’s turn our hearts outward.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Shovel someone’s sidewalk.
  • Visit a nursing home and talk to someone for an hour.
  • Read a story to a kindergarten class.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • Share the Gospel message.
  • Bring a crock pot meal to a shut-in.
  • Care for your neighbor’s pet while they’re away.

The list could go on and on, but the point is, this is the perfect time to turn our thoughts to others, as Jesus did for us.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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