Was just in a conversation with a friend telling them about how God has been revealing mercy/compassion to me. I have been experiencing the movement of mercy almost daily, finding myself praying for people who are injured or sick, praying for those who seem unloved, and crying when I think about people I love, I hate or I ignore.
We know that in Scripture we see God forming and making people who they were even before they were born. There is a God potential that maybe we have not seen or recognize. I am continuing to ask others, “Who do you say that I am?” So that, I can continue to recognize what is after the “the” for my life.
The word that I have held the most of all of the words after my “the,” is Greatheart. I guess in some ways as I heard those words spoken over myself, I did not completely understand what that word meant. What is a Greatheart? As I began to process what this idea was, or rather how I was to be a greatheart. I had a feeling it had to do with loving others, something that I’m trying to learn to be intentional about. So I leveled with God, and was like, “Okay God, I know, I know, it’s all about love, blah blah blah.” How trite right now for me to hear God saying that I am supposed to love more.
Due to the recent film release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I have found myself wandering through C.S. Lewis’ world of Narnia often in my daydreams. I have contemplated what picture, wardrobe, train, or otherwise, I might trip into Narnia and be enrapt to an adventure of epic proportions. The love for Lewis’ Narnia started deep in my heart as I was often the fanciful boy who loved secret worlds, rooms, and the likes. Narnia, Neverland, and other such imaginative places, were not only in the mind, they were worlds aside the world in which I live.
There is a show called Parenthood on TV, which is currently owning a spot on my favorite’s shelf. Warning: This show is charged emotionally and truly takes me through high highs and low lows. It is not for those who care not to navigate their soul’s ocean. But if you feel adventurous, give it a go, and I know you will not be disappointed.
A few weeks ago, I was watching this show and I felt as if I heard God speak so clearly to me. I heard, “Family is the highest honor in my kingdom.” When that statement came into my head, I am not going to lie. I was overwhelmed. In fact, I sobbed. What happened to our perspective on our family?
Now obviously, we all come from variegated situations at home, some good, some not so good. However, when we become believers, there is a family that is much higher than the family we find on earth. We are not merely related by blood, but by Christ, who made us one with him, and with the Father.