Show me how to love…

….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.

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I am a 32 year old teacher in Georgia, originally from Ohio (Go Buckeyes!). I am also a singer and I recently taught myself how to play guitar. For fun, I enjoy reading and lots of Netflix binges, which is my American right! I have also been known to cycle, run half marathons, and do just about whatever I set my mind to. A charming shepherd-mix dog named Kingsley lives with me and keeps me laughing at his antics at every turn. I am learning how to love the life I live with each passing day. Sometimes it's easy...other times, I write about it.

One thought on “Show me how to love…”

  1. Wow. How true indeed. I had a job once where I had to work with someone EXTREMELY difficult. They literally made my life a living hell day in and day out… intentionally. I prayed and BEGGED God to let me quit (I knew God had given me that job.) The Lord’s reply? –> Your “job” is not what you though when I brought you here. Your real job is to love her. She is wounded, broken and hurting in side (hurting people hurt people.) WOW! (and ugh!) I sure didn’t want to. But over time, as I toughed it out during the day to smile and be kind and loving (while pouring out my anger, hurt and frustration to the Lord every evening at home), I witnessed the most beautiful thing… her heart began to soften. Eventually we became allies in the Lord and when I moved away she was very sad to see me go. God is amazing! I’m praying Danni for your love to shine through and soften hearts as you do your “job!” THANKS FOR THIS AWESOME POST! (sorry I commented with such a long comment! LOL!)

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