What is it you really want out of life, what do you hope to accomplish? In the end, what will it all matter? I have a lot of dreams and goals, but none of them will count for anything if I don’t get one thing right; that one thing being how well I reflect the love of Christ.
Putting everything else aside for now, let’s focus on that one thing. What do we need to do today to best reflect the love of God? Have we become too busy, so much so that we don’t take the time each day to just stop and communicate with Jesus? Many people set aside time at the beginning of each day to do this, and that’s great. There’s nothing magical about what time you do it, the important thing is that you do indeed take the time. You can choose morning, afternoon or evening as long as you don’t let anything get in the way of this time with Christ.
What inevitably tends to happen is that instead of scheduling a set time to be alone and focused on God, we try and squeeze this time amongst the other activities of our day. This never works! Adding God to your life will always result in a low impact and uncommitted walk. We can’t add God to our life, He must be our life. If there is room for anything else we can add that on, but life must start and find its centrality in Christ.
This one change, this one way of changing how we do life will prove revolutionary. Let nothing get in the way of your time with God. Once you have established the time, don’t let outside distractions cheapen it. Talk to God, sit quietly in His presence, listen and dream with Him. This may take some getting used to, but I assure you it is more than worth the effort.
Starting with God as the foundation allows us to build up other areas of our lives. Should we face trial or failure, even if we lose everything, our foundation will remain. Hard times never seem as bad when we realize we are defined by our foundation, not by anything else. We are His and He is ours. Before attempting any other drastic changes in your life, make certain your foundation is solidly set. With Christ as our foundation, we cannot but help but pour out His love on those around us. With His love as our foundation, it will simply permeate our entire being. True love cannot be shaken and will never be defeated. Set your foundation in His love, and then use that strength to encourage others to do the same. Watch your life change as everything you do flows from a basis of love. Reflect Him in everything you do.