Make It Work Monday: Love Overboard

If you have no love for others, no desire to serve others, and you’re only concerned about your needs, you should question whether Christ is really in your life. A saved heart is one that wants to serve.

I could talk about how much I love my husband or my family with this post. The fact is that I do love them, but there is something that I love that I can’t separate or rank in order of importance from my love of family. That is my love of helping others. 

It pains me not to help when I see a person standing in need. Wisdom has taught me; however, that my recognition of that need is not necessarily my instruction from God to address the need directly. 

This is one of the reasons I cannot afford to neglect my time with God. I require study of the Word, prayer and meditation because without it, I would run mad through the streets trying to operate in my own strength. 

There have been times in my life that I have resented how God made me. In these times when it seemed that everyone else knew the secret to how to enjoy their lives, I felt anchor less, drifting after what my purpose was and how could I plug into the happiness I perceived around me?  I viewed the gift God gave me as a burden and I rejected His call in my life to love others and to help them as He commanded. 

I rationalized this to myself saying that too many people in the world abused my love. You have to understand, I love hard and it never really fades or goes away. With that comes a terrible pain when that love is rejected or twisted into something ugly and it was literally unbearable for me at the time because I was trying to shoulder it all on my own.

I became bitter and resentful and then I became physically ill to the point that I was finally in a position to hear God calling me back to my senses. 

What He has given me is not a burden that He ever intended me to carry alone. It is a gift that He continually shares with me so that I can serve His people. So while I may feel very alien in this world that constantly yells at me to be selfish, I lean on God to show me when to help and when to rest in Him. For me, this is the greatest testament of love as it exists in my life. 

~ Marta C. Youngblood

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