Thursday, September 18, 2008

Love Completely

Today we start the next portion of our OMTL daily reading. We read about the next principle Jesus lived by. In the final days of His life, Jesus loved completely. Isn't that what life is really all about? Corrie Ten Boom "The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but it's donation."

After all is said and done your life will be measured by the mark you made in the lives of others, the relationships you built, the people you loved. Kerry Shook said in the OMTL book "Our investment in the people we care about is the only legacy that has the power to endure beyond our lifetime."

Why do we struggle in this area so much? We know that love is really what matters, and we want to love other people, and to be loved in return. But people sometimes disappoint us, and hurt us and don't respond to us in the way we wanted. So, many times we just settle for playing it safe. We don't want to take the risk or make the sacrifices that it takes to experience love completely, but in doing so we miss out on what God desires most for us.

If we had One Month to Live, wouldn't we live that time out by loving completely, making the most of the time we have with our loved ones? How do we do that? Let's look at the actions steps for today in our OMTL book.

1. Make a list of people you would want to see and share your heart with if you had one month to live. What specific steps could you take to connect with them and share your heart?

2. Choose someone you know you have hurt by your words, actions or silence. Write a letter asking this person's forgiveness. Set the letter aside for a few days, and then read it again and decide if you should send it.

3. Think through your schedule for the next day or two. No matter how busy you may be, find a time to surprise someone you love. Take a friend to a favorite restaurant. Pick up the kids early from school and go to the park. Kidnap your spouse from the office and go out for coffee.

What are some other ways we could begin to love completely?

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