What is love ?
The greatest form of love is sacrifice. ..
To lay down ones life for a friend.
For whom do we do this, and when ? What constitutes a sacrifice...
Every time we give our time to help our neighbor... Quietly lend our ears, intent on hearing the pleas of a grieving friend ... Lend our talent and skills to help those where they are best used for the greater good ... Share our wisdom and knowledge, to enrich those who have not had the benefit of our experience ... Give of our profits to share in the lifting up of the poor and the needy ...
In all of these areas and many more we have countless opportunities to lay down our lives for someone . It is a daily activity for some.
We are all called to sainthood... to preach the good news of the gospel of Christ. To love our neighbor as ourselves, and much more.
Did you know that beyond the daily laying down of self, the picking up and carrying of our cross, the bearing each others burdens ... there is something more ...
Laying dormant in every man, woman and child is a seed of greatness. From God the Father, who loves us without measure. For He created each one of His children with all things necessary to do mighty and awesome works.
In the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to live within us, lay all the limitless power of God Himself. Any talent, skill, ability and opportunity that you could possibly need to accomplish amazing wonders, is completely accessible to each of us at any time. Almighty God has equipped you for more than you may think.
Okay you say, how about me ? Im unskilled, poor and overwhelmed by the chores just for today. I know, lifes responsibilities and the worries of today have a way of burying our dreams don't they. Just for a moment lets try and remember what it was that set our heart a flame long ago...
Was there a time that you used to dream of doing big things for God ? Did you ever have an idea or a vision of doing something wonderful like starting a company that would benefit humanity, or traveling to remote countries aiding the impoverished, saving lives and souls. Passionately serving your Lord in purposeful and meaningful ways.
Maybe before life knocked you down ... before the world taught you that people like you CANT ...? You know I despise that word.
Where do you think those old dreams came from ?
These are the seeds of greatness that reside within the depths of our hearts. Given to us by the God of all creation...
We call the people that are out there accomplishing great things "chosen"... You know , as if they were somehow different from us. Like they were granted some divine gift that few have access to. Well they are chosen, and blessed by God. But did you know that you too are called to rise out of mediocrity to the level of chosen ?
When we let God lead , everything you have experienced in life, good and bad, will be used to your advantage. In time, He takes it all and develops our character, strengthens our faith, increases our awareness of Him in us and pulls it all together in a way that both glorifies Him and blesses us... as only God can.
What would happen if we allowed the creator of our dreams and visions of old to breathe His holy breath upon them ... His holy fire right into that seed He planted in our hearts upon creation ... To resurrect it ... And to show us how He would like to use our lives to do His amazing and wonderful works. What would happen if we gave Him free reign to do ALL that He wanted through us ... We have untapped, unimaginable potential. To do the impossible because we have an awesome, awe inspiring, miraculous and Holy Spirit living inside us. He wants to accomplish His will with and through you, and this is no small thing. His will for you, it is filled with great and mighty works. Let us not limit the power of God.
Let us give ourselves over to prayer and allow our Lord to lead us.
Lord, I pray for You to resurect dreams of old , those seeds of greatness . Breathe Your breathe of life into them that they would reignight a flame within our hearts and bring You glory. There is nothing before us that You cannot help us overcome. Call us Lord, to walk with You upon the water ...
In Jesus name we pray,