Thursday, 18 February 2016
Love the one you're with
My mind is all higgledy-piggledy so I go outside and walk on the earth .... and unexpectedly the thunder rumbles and the rain falls ... a passing thunderstorm and I run in the rain and stretch my arms up to the heavens and I let the fresh sweet smell of rain on hot earth fill my senses and it is a beautiful unexpected gift.
My heart is filled to the brim with the message of love the one you're with. Love the earth you are standing on, love your body, your skin, your thoughts and love your partner and your children and your friends and your community and your Church and unreservedly love this time right here right now. Love the one you're with, cross the line, reach out, open up and love where you are right now.
I don't think this means settle for where you are, I don't think this message equates to this is as good as it gets,i t doesn't mean don't question the status quo absolutely not.
Be thankful today so you can appreciate all that is still to come. It means if your heart is filled with love you can appreciate all the good in your life, you can make good choices and sound decisions. It means you will feel good and people you meet along the way will feel good for spending time with you. It means the world will be a better place.
Our time on earth is a passing gift, a time to live and grow and love and enjoy. So many people have trodden on the earth before me and they will continue to after me and I don't know how long I have, nobody does. I want to spend my time planting seeds of love and joy, because I know these seeds will grow and the harvest will be reaped for generations to come. Galatians 6:7 "Don't be misled -- you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant".
Every time I watch an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? an Australian television documentary series on SBS I am astounded at the effect the experience has on all involved. All of the celebrities are deeply moved when they uncover the actions and life experiences of their ancestors, many of whom lived hundreds of years ago, still impacts on the everyday life of people today. Not only do we reap what we sow, so will our future descendants, what you think, say and do really does have long lasting consequences.
Feelings of inadequacy still creep in for me, I feel like I should do more, my house should be tidier, I should work more hours and earn more money. Sometimes I get filled with fear about silly things like superannuation and university fees for our children and needing more clothes or shoes or a new car but this is just the message large corporations and the government are compelled to relentlessly repeat so they can make money - it is not a message coming from love rather it comes from greed and fear.
So on this beautiful Friday can I encourage you to catch your thoughts and words, and take time to love the ones you are with today, tomorrow and every day there after. If you are in a place where this seems excruciatingly impossible call on the Lord as Psalm 34:18 says "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit".
May you experience an avalanche of ordinary moments this weekend that fill you with love, and may you take the time to appreciate and treasure each one.
Written with much love