Open Your Hands

He asked Him to step down because of love…I decide who to elevate and call it love.

He asked Him to give His all because of love…I decide how much to give and call it love.

He asked Him to leave Heaven and come to Earth because of love…I limit where they go and call it love.

He asked Him to endure pain because of love…I protect from all pain and call it love.

He asked Him to endure humiliation because of love…I boost their egos and call it love.

He asked Him to become one of us and endure our pains because of love…I encourage them to protect themselves from others and call it love.

He gave us the choice between two trees because of love…I limit the choices and call it love.

Anyone else see a pattern here?

He let’s go and offers choice because of love…I control and call it love.

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Motive

What motivates you? Is it love? Why do you serve others? Is it love? Why do you do all the things you do including those things that seem really meaningless like cleaning and vacuuming? Is it love?

Those are the questions I woke up to Friday morning…before I spoke to anyone.

Lord, show me how to love every minute of every day. Show me how to walk in love with every step I take. Purify my thoughts and my motives so that only Your love propels me forward.

Duet

Have you ever found a scripture that took your breath away and made your life richer the minute you read it? Here is mine for the day…

11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying,

“I will proclaim Your name to My brethren,
In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.” – Hebrews 2:11-12

In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise…

In the midst of the congregation…

I will sing Your praise…

Can you just see Jesus standing next to you as you worship? Can you just imagine Jesus sitting next to you on that pew as you offer up praise to God? Can you see him standing next to the worship leader with His hands held high to God? Do you see him dancing along with the dancers?

Here, close your eyes and just imagine….imagine Jesus praising our Father with us…