THE KEY WORD IS "LOVE"
Our entire family of companies is entering a huge season in our corporate life. The next forty five days are going to be historical. This cannot happen without prayer. We can't expect God to be a spiritual bell hop and do simply what we ask. It is important to seek the mind and heart of His will.
There is a man who is mentoring me each day with daily devotions. He is a former coach that does not do this for credit, but each morning he sends me a scripture or an important lesson from God's word. He spent months on Psalms 23 teaching me real lessons I had never thought about. Why does he do this? Love.
Right before Christ went to the cross, he gathered each of His disciples and had a very serious talk with them during a last meal they would have together. He told them this important message. He said, "If you haven't heard anything I have said, I need you to listen to me carefully. There are two things you should never forget and they are both about love. First is to love your God with all your heart and the second thing is to love your neighbor as yourself.
When I stop to think of "how" I love God and how I love others, I so often fall short. It is important for me to keep reminding myself of the same lesson. Love. It sounds so very simple, so why is it so very hard? I believe it is because we are all so self absorbed about our agendas. What are we doing to love God and others.
So to restate the obvious, I am asking the Lord today two questions. How can I love you more and how can I love others more? A dear friend of mine instilled a lesson in my heart many years ago. He said, "If you are faithful in the small things, God blesses in the big." The problem with this alone, is that if our motives are to be religious and expect God to do great things, then our heart is not pure.
God help us all to be more in love with you, your Word and to listen to you more. Help us to love our neighbors more, because this is what you asked of us, knowing we would have difficulties in these areas. Thank you for sending people our way to love us to be more like you. Forgive me when I fall short, when I don't spend enough time loving and help me in my journey with you and others. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, Amen.
As we plan for a wonderful forty five days, let us all begin in prayer. With the tragedy in this world of the recent demonstrations, unlawful killings, racist wrongdoings, let us together focus on love, not war.
Dr. Kevin McAfee
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Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church. Below Kevin is seen with Lynn McAfee and Corina Pataki. Below this is Christopher Atkins from BLUE LAGOON and Dr. McAfee.