MY JOURNEY – February 2013

5efe5069-242b-5f94-f902-fe4415d3f292“…but the greatest of these is LOVE…”  I Corinthians 13:13

A major part of loving yourself lies in knowing WHO you are, WHAT you are and WHOSE you are.  Understanding that you are divinely and uniquely created provides both a foundation and continual source of power for you.  When you fully understand how much the Father loves you, you cannot help but love yourself.  The Father thinks you are truly phenomenal and He calls you His Beloved.

A truly genuine love GIVES.  It gives without being asked to give.  It gives because giving sustains it.  My mother, the late Rev. Dr. Essie C. Greene, used to say, “You can give without loving, but you CANNOT love without giving.”  Proof of this lies in the fact that your heavenly Father loved you so much that HE GAVE.  He gave His very best gift because He places such a high value on YOU.  Please grasp this concept.  There is a direct correlation between “the gift” and “the recipient” of the gift.  The gift that you give to someone expresses the value and the worth that you place on the recipient.

You must know and accept that nothing that you encounter on your Journey can alter or erase the Father’s love for you.  A love this great is irreplaceable.  As you continue on your Journey, you will have many encounters with the Father.  These encounters will be unlike any others and are meant to be life-changing.  Maintain your focus on your Journey and every experience that it brings.  Do not allow yourself to be distracted by outside forces or activities.

Honoring and loving those whom God has placed in your life produces greatness in your life.  Always maintain a spirit of expectancy, looking for the next good thing to manifest for you.  Loving others isn’t always “convenient” or even comfortable, but it is necessary.  The more you love, the more YOU are loved.  Love NEVER intentionally hurts anyone.  When it does realize that it hurt someone, it is quick to right that wrong.

When we love others we are, in essence, loving God.  Why?  Because each of us is an object of His love.  Isn’t that awesome!  Today, I encourage you to affect the life of someone else by allowing them to be the object of your love.  In some small or big way, manifest love for that person.  Be the reason that they smile or laugh today.  Go ahead, you can do it!

Submerge your mind in the love around you.  Loving and being loved makes your Journey easier and brighter.  Love unselfishly. The ability to love those who misuse and abuse you is a powerful gift.  Do not allow the ungodly spirits and actions of others to cause you to stumble and fall on your Journey.  Love with your whole heart.  Love without fear.  Love will sustain you and propel you to your next level with much success.

Loving keeps you moving FORWARD.  Loving yourself and others gives you constant reasons to be better.  Loving yourself and others gives you constant reasons to do more.  Loving yourself and others just simply GIVES!

Loving you to LIFE! ~ JGM