As I prepare to march into this new year, I look back over the last year and take stock of my life and the many choices made. Love is one of the recurring themes that come to mind. I would like to exude love to everyone I meet. My challenge this upcoming year is to love myself fully. To accept that I was formed by love because I am a creation of God, who himself is love. Encouraging each other to love and be kind to one another is great, but all that encouragement falls short if we do not encourage ourselves. One of the major lessons of this year is that I am (the unlovable.) I am the one that does not respond well in all circumstances, I am the one that requires the forgiveness of others and self. I am the one that needs to extend grace to self. In order to fully embrace loving others, I must be able to stand in a place of love comfortably, learning from the past and yet still strong enough to move forward. One of the reasons that I believe the scripture passage in Revelations 3:20 clearly states that God is saying “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.” This verse is special because it depicts how God views us, He knows that we are worthy of eating with Him and He wants us to know it as well. We find it easy to formulate the words I love you to others however; formulating those same words to ourselves present a challenge. I believe one of the reasons is because we know what we are thinking and so does God. As this year ends let’s all look at ourselves reflectively. Outline the things that we want to release so that love can freely flow from us. As we get ready to walk into 2020, let us take up the mantra of 1 Corinthians 13:1-2 “ If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but does not have love I am nothing.” As we open this new chapter in our lives lets understand that love truly makes the world go around, and it can change things one encounters at a time. Why not allow love to first change us then we can exude that change others? I will close with John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” If you are reading this blog your best is yet to come, and love is the catalyst that will propel you into true freedom. Love

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