Yesterday, my family received a love letter from dad. It was filled with love, admonitions, and hope. It was filled with thoughts about self-improvement (in a positive way), and with hope that the family would learn to live life even more fully.
As I ponder the letter today, I see two things. First, I see how many excuses stand in the way of me going for a more fulfilling life. For instance, I don’t really have any hobbies, outside of writing. When I think about picking up art, there are a million excuses why I could never be good at it. I mean, I literally cannot even draw a cube. So, instead of giving it a shot, the lies in my head say things like, “why try something unless you can do it well?” Maybe I would find new avenues of self expression, even if poorly constructed, which would change my life. I think another important lie to confront, is what if I invest energy in this endeavor, and it doesn’t pay out. In all honesty, any energy invested in self-improvement is not any more a waste of time than sitting in front of the TV or playing video games.
Second, it made me think about God the Father’s greatest love letter, the Bible. That letter, too, is filled with love, admonition, and hope. When I compare my life to that book of lessons to be learned, I see that I have room for improvement in this regards, too. Jesus’ love was one of pouring himself out. The Greek word for this is “kenosis.” All aspects of heavenly love are tied up in this one word. Jesus gave us his all, and asks us to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to learn to do the same. It is a day-by-day process of learning to reciprocate God’s love. It is a day-to-day process of learning to die to self for the benefit of the entire body of Christ.
Spend some time today pondering the Father’s love letter to you. Pick a few concepts from the letter, and start making some New Year’s resolutions to go even further into your love relationship with your Father. Whether you choose to take baby steps or big steps in this regards, your 2020 will be greatly blessed in the good times and in the bad.