The prompt for Day 3 of #Write28days is the word, make. You could use that word in so many ways depending on what theme you followed. For me, I want to write about making my life a beautiful song of love. And I want it to overflow with love and encouragement for others.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV
Disclaimer: My life is not always like this, but it is my goal. It’s so easy to let pressures and disappointments get us down. And it’s not easy to learn to be content and trust that all will work out for our good in the end. But it is not impossible. With God, all things are possible.
Though it may sound counter intuitive, surrendering your life to God actually brings more freedom. We don’t have to try to be good enough, because He’s already covered that through the life of Jesus. And Jesus puts a strong emphasis on love.
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”Matthew 22:37-40 CSB
A BEAUTIFUL SONG OF LIFE
One of the synonyms of song is melody, and a definition of melody according to Rhymezone is a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence. I like to think of life like that – a series of ups, downs, peace, chaos and everything in between. Life is made up of all the moments of time that we live through.
And all those moments add up to make your life a beautiful song. Yes, the good and the bad are all a part of who we are and all are needed to experience life as a whole. Even in our times of grief and pain, as we learn to trust God, we can experience His comfort.
This song by Michael Card sums it up well: The Poem of Your Life
A BLESSING EVEN IN TRIALS
As we experience comfort and peace, even through our trials, we can empathize with others. Through all of our days, using our talents and creativity, we can encourage and inspire each other. We can leave creative echoes of love wherever we go.
Sometimes it’s because of our hardest trials that we are able to bless others. My friend, Bettie Gilbert, has suffered with a lot of pain and many diagnoses, and has struggled, knowing how hard it is to trust.
Yet, God always comes through and draws her closer to Him, giving peace in the midst of the trial. If you check out her blog and read her words, you will come away blessed and encouraged. She can’t help but leave creative echoes of love wherever she goes. Her life is a blessing.