One of my goals for this year is to let all that I do come from a place of love. I think when we are involved with ministry life, we can get lost in all the needs around us and forget easily why we’ve started serving in the first place: Love – the whole reason I serve is because of God’s love. So big, so powerful, so intimate that it overwhelms me in a way that I can’t completely describe in words. That is why the song Reckless Love is one of my favorites. It definitely describes how I feel.
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God”
We can only love because we’ve experienced His love. And this powerful love impels us to care for the people around us. It drives us many times to put our own needs aside for the sake of others and it can be draining if we loose our focus. If we forget why we’re doing it. Why we serve our family, our church, our community, … is it because we’re good or kind, trying to be a “Holy” Christian? Or we expect to be appreciated and praised in return? If we don’t have the right motivation behind why we serve, we will soon get discouraged, overloaded, and tired. Exhausted to be more precise. And the result is not pretty. Many of us Christians suffer from depression, frustration, loneliness, and lack of joy because we are so overwhelmed trying to be good and do good. But we forget that we can’t sustain it, no matter how hard we try.
Focusing on God’s love is the only way that will bring joy and fulfillment to our calling. I believe we’re all called to love people. No matter what we are, a stay at home mom, a corporate employee, a teacher, a house cleaner,an artist, a pastor… no matter what it is, we are called to serve and love the people we are daily involved with. And we can only do it when we are loved. When we let God’s love overfill our lives. When we focus on His goodness and we live and breathe His love. That is when we’ll experience an abundant life. A life that is not about us and yet it is a fulfilling life. That is why I can say that though serving in Spain has been challenging, there is no other place I’d rather be. God has given us a community to love and serve. So my prayer is that we would all be overflowing with His love so we can spread it all over around us.