Because God loves you, you are made with purpose. Because you are made with purpose, you can live out of a place of being outrageously loved.  When I encountered God for the first time as a real, loving Father it wrecked my world. Nothing else I was struggling with mattered as much because I knew I was loved, sought after, and fought for by Him. He paved a way for me and that was what I could trust and lean on. The more I began seeing myself the way God saw me, the more I believed in myself to be worth knowing. That feeling of being loved, fought for, and known by God isn’t meant for just me or just you. It’s meant for everyone. God has empowered you to make an impact and the key to impacting the people around you is to first love them. Experiencing God’s love should make you want to love others because He not only calls you His child but He also calls them His children as well.

god's plan for you

In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” At home it can be hard to love those around you but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. It’s easy to live in the thoughts of “they didn’t do this for me so why should I do this for them” but God doesn’t compare us on a scale of love and importance. He forgives abundantly and serves humbly. Though you might not always feel like you’re in a position to love, God’s plan for you includes choosing to freely receive and freely give His abundance to the people He’s placed in your life.

If you want to see God drastically improve the relationships around you, learn what people need in order to feel valued. Whether that includes washing the dishes for your family, putting down your phone when your mom is talking to you, or encouraging your friend that you haven’t seen in a while, there is so much God can do in the people around you if you meet those people where they are at. That may look like understanding their love language better or just asking God what He has for those people. Either way, there is always more with Him. The pure in heart shall see God; so take heart and know He is eager to show you all that He has to offer. The break may almost be over, but there is still time for God to use you for His kingdom. His work isn’t finished yet.   

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Prayer: Thank you. Thank you, Jesus, for embracing me and meeting me where I’m at every time. I ask that you would give me eyes to see the people around me the way you see them, and that loving these people would be easy because I am actively living out your will. You fill me with purpose. Give me the strength to live for more than just myself.

- Sarah C.