Without Love I Am Nothing

Life makes no guarantees. It only offers us the opportunity to try. While we don’t all start out with the same advantages or disadvantages, most of us get to choose how we live. No matter what road we decide to venture down, pain and joy accompany us on our travels. Both offer us insights that can help us learn and grow as we progress on our journey.

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And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2 (ESV)

Recovery grants us the chance to experience love. Real love. Not the kind that comes at the end of a bottle, nor the exhilaration we feel at the peak of a high. But rather, genuine godly love that we can’t keep hidden inside, but that explodes from us, radiating in smile or felt in a warm touch.

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Maybe we share our love with our family, friends, and neighbors through a phone call, a door knock, a hospital visit, a handwritten note, or brief text reminding those dear to us  that we love them and that they matter. Created in God’s image, each of us have value. We all have a purpose. Our lives matter.

Life isn’t always wonderful. It has its ups and downs to be sure. Trials, tribulations, temptations, and trouble mark the trail like incessant potholes lurking along life’s highway. While it’s not always easy, life is full of wonder. Open your eyes and see. Open your ears and hear. Open your mind and think. Open your heart and feel.

Love is all around us.

May God grant you the opportunity to experience love in your life today.

Godspeed.

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Transforming Dreams into Reality Requires Perseverance

Life plays out on an unequal playing field for all of us. Could it be the only man keeping you down is you? Perhaps you find life oppressing. I get it. Some days it’s like the whole world is conspiring against you. Honestly, odds are good that it is. Living is not a pursuit well-suited for the timid. It will chew up you up and spit you out. Encouraging thoughts, I know.

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Amid the yin yang of your existence, the buck stops at your door. When it comes to turning your dreams into reality, you are where the rubber meets the road. Sure it’s hard. Yes it’s challenging. And certainly, it ain’t fair. But the opportunity to transform your greatest hopes into success lies in your hands. You must be willing to show up and do the hard work. No one can do it for you.

In this life, you’re really not due anything but love and respect. That doesn’t guarantee you’ll get either. Transforming dreams into reality requires perseverance.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let life pass you by…

I believe in you.

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Images courtesy the fantastic artists at Pixabay.

 

Happy 2018!

In with the new, out with the old. Scripture talks about the foolishness of pouring new wine into old wineskins (Mark 2:22). Just as the old is gone in us when we become new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), the promise of a new year brings fresh hope, renewed opportunities, and the chance for a new beginning.

In 2018, be intentional with your time, talent, and treasure. Spend each one wisely, not for selfish gain, but for eternal reward, as each is a gift from God. Be a blessing to others. Make a difference in your world. Be excellent. Be exuberant and radiant with joy. Treat people better, so that they in turn might treat others better. Be kind. Be gentle. Be humble. Shine a light in the darkness.

Live your life with a purpose. Employ your talents for a purpose. Use your treasure for a purpose. Model the change you want to see. Change, after all, starts with you.

Go be great. Go be you.

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Have a happy and blessed 2018!

~The Devotional Guy