If my blog stories were arranged like a deck of cards and you could only pick one card, this is the one I hope you would choose. It can be more rewarding than a winning lottery ticket if you use it properly. Action is required. Follow these three steps to help you maximize your life:
- Know how much you are loved. Someone came up with the idea of you long before you were born. You are perfectly created to be you. It's a waste of time to try to be like someone else. The One who created you wants to be with you forever. He will move Heaven and Earth to find you when you are lost. He will be there with you on your most difficult days. He will give you comfort when you're struggling or feel unloved. If you believe in your heart that God loves you and wants to be with you forever, you can get through anything.
- Know how much He loves your enemies. This is a difficult step. Your failure to master this step has huge consequences for the people in your life you may despise. I imagine a scenario in my mind where I'm meeting Jesus in Heaven after my life on earth is over. Jesus asks me, "where is (fill in the blank with your number one enemy)?" Then, I open my eyes and realize there's still time to do what I was sent here to do — help others understand how much they are loved. No one needs this more than the ones who feel unloved. Your job is to use all your gifts to reach the ones only you can reach. You have a list of names. Sorry. They're not your friends and family. This list contains names of people who are hurting. They lash out at you because they don't know what to do with their anger. Your job is to love them and introduce them to Jesus. It may take a lifetime. The time you have on this planet is enough time as long as you don't wasting it ignoring your mission.
- Don't be afraid to be who you are. This means developing your gifts on a daily basis. It means ignoring the criticism of others who don't understand the three steps. It means saying yes when Jesus asks you if you want Him to be with you for eternity. I'm not talking about that time in your life when you die and you meet Jesus face-to-face. I'm talking about the choice you make to invite Jesus to live in your heart right now. Yes, right now. You are a child of God. He wants you to live your life without fear and He wants to be with you every step of the way. Go ahead. Take that step.