“It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” – Alfred Adler
We talk such a big game about “it’s all about love”, but then we treat each other like mere livestock at a slaughter, slashing one another with our words like knives. How many times have I heard Christians on Sunday say, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, yet they leave the church and ignore the needs of a hurting world around them? How many times have I heard someone say, “Love is all we need”, yet they despise those with whom they disagree?
I’m tired of writing thoughts about love, hope, and God’s grace in a world that is so hell-bent on self-destruction…And yet, I can’t stop sharing what I know to be true.
Do I live the life I claim to live? Am I really interested in loving others, or am I looking for praise and adulation? What would people see if my heart was laid bare before all of humanity?
You would see a broken man who desperately needs grace…
You would see selfishness wrapped in the disguise of a “nice guy”.
You would find a heart that’s desperate to live a life that goes beyond my own needs…And yet, that same heart can’t seem to release the grip around all that is “mine”.
I can’t speak for you, but I can speak for myself. Brokenness is everywhere I go, but so are the choices I have to make. Hatred is easy to grasp, but love comes at the sacrifice of my own selfish wants and desires.
This is a battle – a war between pride and grace, love and hate.
I’m prone to fight for what I believe in, but I’m not so good at actually living it out…I can debate someone about the God of love, yet I can completely leave the “love” part out, ultimately leaving God out in the process.
What do you believe and why?
Do you live what you believe, or are you living in a masquerade?
What kind of person will you choose to become?
As for myself, I can’t help but stare into the mirror and know that I need God’s grace to become the man my heart dreams of becoming. The grace of Jesus reminds me that God sees who I’m meant to become, delivering me from the imposter I was yesterday.
It’s time to live what we claim to believe.