The Dancing Puritan

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Love God. Love others. Work accordingly.

I lead Nourished in the Word Ministries (NITW). At the heart of my calling is teaching and writing about marriage, family and friendship.  NITW exists to glorify God through teaching and writing about relationships.

One of the dangers of my calling is that I am sometimes viewed as a relationship expert.  That, I am not. I often feel that my writing and teaching are more of a prayer. I do not want the demeanor of a guru but of a pilgrim that is learning, growing and desiring to be faithful to God and faithful in my relationships. As I teach and write I am praying that God will help me in all of my relationships.

I think of my relationships often. I feel both the joys and the burdens that come with them. I see my failures far more often than I do my successes.  I am not an expert but I do want to help.

Yesterday, I received an email from a dear friend.  He and his wife are providing the resources to send several couples to our upcoming marriage retreat. (Marriage retreat is March 16-17 in Toccoa, GA. Contact me for details Marriage Retreat).  Their love for God motivated them to love others in a very practical and potentially life transforming way. They seem excited to help others. I want to be more like them.

The email was convicting.  It left me asking the question, Do I live to love others?

In the ongoing struggles of life it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to become self-focused. It is easy to forget the great commands of our Lord to love him and to love others. Those two commands are the priorities which must drive everything else in life.

When I was in seminary a professor shared the job description that he gave to members of his staff.   His three brief sentences get to the heart of our calling. Love God. Love others. Work accordingly.

That is what I am called to do in all of my relationships.  Love God.  Love others. Work accordingly.