The past week has been a week of self discovery, and a period where I have been taking moral inventory. When the Lord takes Great people of his home, it sets me in this pattern of self discovery. My dear friend Emily and her husband, along with Pastor’s Ty and Terri Schenzel from Omaha NE were traveling together last Thursday on a weekend getaway, when a 75 year old man who was having a diabetic episode hit them head on, driving the wrong way on the highway. It killed everyone but Emily. She has just been moved out of ICU and has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She and her husband were about to celebrate their one year anniversary. Well, since this happened, you can’t help to watch all the videos celebrating Ty and Terri Schenzel. I watched their live broadcast of their home going yesterday and sat there and sobbed as if I had known them. In my week of getting to know them, by simply watching videos and reading stories, here Is what I can tell you about them. They LOVED with all their heart. They LOVED deeply. They LOVED serving the Lord. They LOVED the least and the lost. They had a marriage, made in heaven. They LOVED each other with an everlasting love, just the the Lord loves us all.
So, I started thinking… I love like that? and the answer is NO. I actually suck at it. Yes, I love Jesus, and Yes I want to serve him and do big things for him, but as it says in scripture in 1 corinthians 13, if I have all these gifts, and knowledge and faith that can move mountains, but don’t have love, I am bankrupt without LOVE.
Emily who is only 26 years old, is the wisest, most loving, gracious 26 year old person I have ever met. I feel so blessed to know her and be friends with her. Through this whole thing, even after hearing that her husband had died, her first response was, “please pray for his parents”. Even after a Pastor came and prayed with her in the hospital yesterday, her response was “Can I pray for you now”. She makes me want to be a better vessel for the Lord.
I made a decision yesterday that I am, as Lenny Kravitz sang, “Let LOVE rule”.
I know this is the last thing the enemy wants me to do , which is why he is coming at me full force right now. Placing all these seeds of doubts, using “Christians” even to come at me.
I am deciding to LIVE ON PURPOSE. I will LOVE on purpose, in the present, everyday with PASSION and LOVE.
Will you join me?
I have this pit in my stomach. I have been filled with anxiety ever since I heard of the accident last Thursday. My mind and heart cannot fathom what has happened.
Today, I am going to LOVE.