31 Dec 2011 The Year for Love (365 Days of Love)
So now I am working on my goals for 2011, compiling my to do list if you will, my goals for the next coming year.
For one am I continuing with 365 Days of Love that I did a few times last year, but my goal for 2011 is to do it every day, to do an act of love for someone. (more on that in another post)
It is in my struggles of the nearly 3 years now that I have come to realize it is in the challenges of life that we find our character, and discover what needs to be changed. It is in the problems that we discover new purpose. In them what faith is put to the test, and it’s in them alone that faith grows.
One of my issues, pains in my life is my life is void of love, being single I have no love in my life, no one to love ether. Love is powerful yet love is painful. So I am seeking to add love to my life, by doing acts of love for others. When I look at Jesus on the cross and see a man full of love and yet full of pain, one who gave love away even when He had none from others, even in the midst of pain and suffering. How can love and pain exist together? This is the problem of pain, the problem of suffering is that there really is not a problem at all but a purpose in it all. For me, I’m seeking to learn step by step and day by day what it means to love, what it means to sacrifice, what it means to surrender, what it means to submit, what it means to obey, what it means to put others above and before yourself, this is what love is all about. It is about recognizing that you are not perfect, that you are not a savior, that you are not God, that you can only do what God enables and gives you the grace to do… everything else is rubbish, everything else is trash, everything else is a waste of time. I’ve learned lately is that it’s not about me, it’s about Him, others, it’s not about what I can achieve, what I can do, how much influence I can have, what I can do to become a success… it’s about being obedient. We say this, that we want to glorify God, but at the end of the day is it really for God or is it really for ourselves? I have to struggle with this question as a broken human everyday.
So one of my goals in 2011, is to become invisible so that He may become visible. I want to stop striving and start living, stop waiting and start doing, I want to stop performing and start becoming, I want to begin creating and let go of comparing myself to others, I want to know not in my head that I am a beloved child of God, I want to live like a beloved child of God, like a prince, like a king, like I have everything and need nothing cause I have Him… I have God… I have love… and all I can have to give is what I am.
365 Days of Love is that I will attempt to do at lest one random act of kindness to someone each day of the year (and blog about it). That is, 365 acts of love for 365 days of the next year.
To be the good Samaritan, to live a life of acts of love for others as Jesus did.
It can be anything from helping someone out in need, to listening to someone’s problems, to giving encouragement, or to do some crazy act of love for a stranger. I don’t know, I will have to trust that each day will bring before me an opportunity to love. So I will try to blog about one of the acts each day.