Monday, January 12, 2009

Live Loved

“Live Loved” that is my phrase for this year. My mom said that to me a month or so ago. She had run across it somewhere…and it has really stuck with me. For me, there is so much meaning packed into those two words.
This last summer I saw Colin Powell at The Leadership Summit done by Willow Creek. Colin Powell has something he calls “Powell Principles” In fact he has a book that came out in the not too distant past called, The Powell Principles: 24 Lessons from Colin Powell, a Legendary Leader. I was fascinated by this thought. Making simple statements that remind me quickly of what I believe. So I have been thinking about coming up with little sayings for my life that remind me in a simple statement but are packed with meaning. Here is one of them, “live loved”.

So what does that mean to me? Well so far… so far it reminds me of whom I am. It reminds me of He who loved me first. It reminds me that if I truly believe that no matter what I do as a child of God I am loved and forgiven. Not to use that as an excuse but to be able to move forward after failing with confidence and in His strength. I am not so self-conscious nor am I so hesitant. I assume people like me instead of assuming they don’t. I am not so apologetic just for being me. In short, it gives me the confidence to become who God created me to be without apology...without all the junk cluttering my way and dragging me down.
I saw this on a friend's blog and it sums this side of this little saying up for me"

I don't want to get to the end of my life
and find that I lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.
- Diane Acherman-

On the flip side…this allows me to love others.

1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for (or as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away) our sins.”

See you on the flip side!