Love. Honor Humility. Forgiveness. These are innate in every individual but take a lot of effort to discover and to practice and just like muscles, the more you exercise them the more they become evident.
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“Show me how to love like You.”, a young man prays. “Are you sure?”, Christ whispers. “With all my heart, Lord. Well..with all that’s left of it.”, he replies. “My love never seems to be enough for anyone…”, the young man adds. “I feel you.” his Maker replies. “You do?” the man whispers. “More than you can imagine.” the Son replies with a soft smile.
“I have to tell you, there won’t be anything left of that heart of yours when I show you how. The only way I can show you how is when you surrender to me all of your heart and receive mine in its place.” He said with a soft voice. “but if I give you all of my heart, won’t it kill me?” the young man, replied with fear in his voice.
“Yes, It will.” He replied.
“won’t it kill You,too.” the young man asked.
“It already did…”
“but, now, you have nothing to fear because when I did, I conquered death and the Spirit that brought me back to Life will bring you back too. you have to believe, surrender, and let my heart take over.”
“Okay… I surrender.”
the young man lowers his head, folds his fingers together, closes his eyes and let his heart beat its last.
(disclaimer: this is a fictional conversation)
* estoy de la cruz - I am of the cross.
*matthew 16:24-25- “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
I used to smoke..a lot. But that was 5 years ago…
I have to admit, Its tough to convince someone to stop by telling’em the negatives effects of something especially if you don’t know where they’re at or what they’re going through.
..trust me , I know.
but when you tell them.. no wait…’show them’ how beautiful life can be without it, it changes the whole picture.
I changed because someone didn’t just tell me to change but showed me the change in them.
Its one thing to tell someone where to go and its another to actually walk with someone down that long and narrow road…
The difference of my thoughts then and now..
then: ”every puff will take me a day closer the the end of this miserable life. the sooner the better..”
now: “to every cigarette I say ‘No’ to, is another day longer that I get to spend with those that I love. Another day longer to hold my wife in my arms…Another day longer to run after and carry my future grandkids. To every stick i say ‘no’ to, is another song of praise i can sing to my God who gave me a second chance.”
Life is beautiful. Amazing. Breath-taking.
..even the end of it is breath “taking”, when the giver of breath takes back what’s His and lets us breathe forever in His presence.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”- 1 Corinthians 5:17