Don’t Let Your Past Destroy Your Future

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And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Have you ever wondered why a car’s review mirror is about 1/100th the size of the front window? We use the rear view mirror to check occasionally, to make sure nothing is close to us that might cause us harm, but our focus is always looking to the front when we are driving. If we drove looking in that rear view mirror, we would crash very quickly.

But I have found, that is how we go through life sometimes. Focusing on what is behind us, instead of what is ahead. And we CRASH. BOOM!!

I spent 20 years of my life, focused on all the bad things of my past, instead of looking ahead to the promises that God had for me. And I crashed. Down I went into a spiral of negative emotions; shame, guilt and despair. And those emotions almost destroyed me.

But one day, I turned my focus around. Instead of the past, I looked forward, towards Jesus. And His great love changed everything. I saw myself the way He saw me and everything changed. I no longer listened to the lies of the enemy, but believed the voice of truth.

I want to encourage you today, if your focus is behind you, it’s time to turn forward, towards Jesus. There is now no condemnation to those who are in Him! Will you believe and receive His Love for you? Will you allow His Love to fill you to the measure?

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The Day Before

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)

I love the day before a new adventure, so much anticipation and hope for what’s ahead. Tomorrow, ten ladies from Naples and two from Honduras, are traveling to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to share God’s Extreme Love.

The schedule is made and the messages prepared, but I know that in a second God can change everything, and I am okay with that. I want Him to guide and direct, to lead and to enable each step of this journey.

I have been to this city before, two years ago, my very first mission trip. I had no clue why I was going, but I fell in love with the people, and their country and I knew I would return. God made His presence known in such a mighty way on that adventure. It was an experience that still thrills my heart whenever I revisit it in my mind. 

I feel a little more seasoned this trip, this is my third mission trip. What do they say about the third time? But actually each trip has been amazingly wonderful, adventures that I would not change for anything. And I believe this trip will be no different in that respect, but yet I feel like it is going to be be more than … more than I could ever imagine. 

I actually have a lump in my throat as I write this, maybe a confirmation of what is to come; a foreknowledge that God’s spirit is going with me, ahead of me and in me to this special place. 

We will leave early, 5:30 am from the church. Early morning is not my favorite time of day, yet for this trip, I am so willing to be up at 3:30 am! 

I will journal this adventure, my previous ones have been priceless to revisit each adventure, each ministry that God brought to us. Each person that we prayed for. Each gift that was given. All the love that was shared.

Our trip’s mission is Extreme Love. God did the extreme for us, by sending His son to earth to live as a man and die a horrific death, so that we could be with Him forever. I am so grateful for that love. Every place that Jesus set foot, His love was shared. I want to be that example. I want the people of Costa Rica to feel the presence of Jesus from our team, to experience His love from our hearts.

By this … they will know we are His disciples. I am so thankful to be a disciple of Jesus. I am so thankful for this opportunity to share His Extreme Love.