A 23 hour travel day lies ahead of us, yet I can't sleep because I am giddy with excitement over what I believe God is going to do in the next couple weeks, as we embark on this journey to take Love Around The World. I imagine that the Apostle Paul must have felt this same kind of excitement as he would set out to take the Gospel to other cities and cultures. This is how we fulfill our purpose in life; how we fulfill the call that Christ gives each of us, to "go and make disciples." That may mean setting out on a journey like this, but it also may be as simple as "going" across the street to love on a neighbor, or comfort a friend, but regardless of where it is, we just need to "go."
Each morning, I try to start my day with a time of devotion, and this is what I read in 1 John 4 this morning:,
"God sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We saw his Son and are now telling others about him. God stays one with everyone who openly says that Jesus is the Son of God. That’s how we stay one with God and are sure that God loves us. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us. If we truly love others and live as Christ did in this world, we won’t be worried about the day of judgment. A real love for others will chase those worries away. The thought of being punished is what makes us afraid. It shows that we have not really learned to love. We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!”
I never cease to be amazed at how God uses His Word to speak to us so clearly! Like any good parent, God uses conviction to help mold us and shape us, so that we may continue to grow. I would venture to say that, for most of us, our first thought waking up isn't "God thank you for the opportunities to 'love others' today." Yet that is what these verses are saying we should strive for. This journey is something that we are all embarking on together, and through this, we have opportunities to live out the words John penned 2,000 years ago, "We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars."
In these next couple weeks, we are hoping to change the course of history for at least 1,000 children around the world, who desperately need us. To hear that 20,000 children, under the age of 5 will die tomorrow without help is sobering. These are NOT simply statistics, they are CHILDREN, the same as our own. Children who become like our own through child sponsorship. For what it cost us for a can of Coke, we can give a child HOPE!
I guess that is why I am lying here awake, I am excited to see how we, as the K-LOVE family, can change the world, one child at a time… offering them hope not only for a better tomorrow, but a hope that lasts for all eternity.