From The Word Among Us
July 30, 2008
Have you ever fallen in love? Do you remember when the phone rang and he or she was on the other end? Your heart fluttered with excitement. You couldn't wait to see your loved one again. However, the most romantic attraction you've ever had is nothing compared to the way Jesus loves you. You're always on his mind. To him, you are the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:46). He gave up everything for your salvation.
If only this would sink into our hearts! It's hard to grasp such unconditional love. But there are two things you can do to make it more real in your life. First, begin your day—every day—by dedicating yourself to Jesus. Give him your heart and ask him to lead you and direct you. If you are facing specific challenges, ask for his wisdom and peace in those circumstances. It's simply a matter of telling him you want to rely on him and asking for his Holy Spirit to guide you. Then, listen for the ways he inspires you and leads you throughout the day.
Second, before you go to sleep, look back over your day. Ask the Spirit to show you how Jesus was present with you: Did he remind you of his promises? Did he strengthen you during a difficult situation? Recall also how you might have strayed from him, whether through sin or negligence. Remember: If you confess your faults, he is faithful to forgive you (1 John 1:9). Let his grace fill you so you can rest calmly and receive joy and hope for another day.
As you start to practice anchoring your day in Jesus, don't be surprised if you notice a difference. When you wake up in the morning, you'll be able to pray as the Psalmist, "I shall sing of your strength, and extol your love at dawn." (Psalm 59:17). Things will go more smoothly as his grace begins to flow into everything you do. Others too will see the change! When you go to bed at night, you'll be able to give your troubles to Jesus and tell him, "In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me secure" (Psalm 4:9).
"Jesus, I give you my heart and my life today. I want to walk every step of my journey with you. I say ‘yes' to your Holy Spirit and ask him to work in me as he desires."