….like You have loved me. This is my cry for today, and everyday I walk into work. Lord, show me how to love people, even in their messiness and imperfections, just as You love me in my chaos and sin. Lord, enable me to be a vessel that You can use for Your good, and move my desires, my pride, and my weaknesses out of the way so that Your goodness and Mercy and Grace shines through. In other words, Lord, replace me with You.
Do you realize how absolutely difficult it is to show love to someone who is darn near close to spitting in your face? Have you experienced a time when you genuinely just wanted to run away from a situation or person, but you knew that God was sternly telling you that you had to stay and stick it out for God, regardless of how you felt? It’s not easy; it’s actually impossible to make it through these parts of life without the strength of God. So today, and everyday, I pray that strength over myself and each of you. I want to love as God loves me, I really do. I want to rise above my personal feelings of hurt, neglect, embarrassment, hatred, anger, annoyance, loathing, spite, greed, and the like and truly be able to emulate what God exudes: love, joy, peace, acceptance, warmth, passion, grace, forgiveness, strength. I want that, because not only do I need it, but so do the students I teach. They need God’s attributes wrapped around them each day, and not my human weaknesses.
So, Lord, they need You, and so do I.