Last week’s lesson in our C4 class (all Sunday classes work in conjunction with Randy’s messages) focused on how love is a choice — and the importance of loving others, regardless of how we feel (1 John 4:7,8)
On Monday, I received an email from someone in the class that set me ablaze with thankfulness throughout the week. You see, this person has struggled for quite some time with another person in the church (and can I add, understandably so?) She has avoided this person at all costs. That was, until Sunday, immediately following our class. Who do you think God placed in her path on the way back to her car? Yep. You’re right! In obedience to what she had just learned in the Word, she chose to not only speak to this person, but to do so out of genuine love as his sister in Christ. Granted, the “liking” factor is still in the works, but she took a GIANT step forward in her faith and I could not be more proud of her. That is LOVE in action!
Now, speaking of action, I can’t close out tonight’s blog without mentioning three words I’ve been longing to hear for the past few months, which are… BOOGITY, BOOGITY, BOOGITY!!!! Yes, NASCAR is back in action and I couldn’t be more delighted. Today’s race was a let down as it was rained out with around 60 more laps to go — and the guy who won had led only ONE lap — but it was the most important one… the final one just prior to the rain delay. As I type these words, I can’t help but be reminded of the criminal on the cross with Jesus. It wasn’t until his final few breaths that he accepted Christ, but those were the most important breaths taken as they were heavy-laden with faith in Jesus. He entered Paradise on the “final lap” of life.
I close out tonight with a very thankful heart — thankful for the ability to see love in action (God glorified!) and thankful for the gift of time which has allowed me to “run the race” for almost twenty years.
Thank You Lord!