Updated: Nov 29, 2018
Scoop up some love and give it away!
A little over a year ago I attended a symposium in Arizona called "Love & Transformation." I wasn't entirely sure what this was all about, but after two days of roundtable discussions with 70 national leaders I was utterly grateful to be invited.
Dr. Larry Crabb was one of only three speakers, and he kicked off his talk with a bold statement:
"What we think of as diagnosable psychological problems, if they are not rooted in a medical condition, are better understood to be relational problems, and are better dealt with by relational love than by professional technique."
Wow! Could it be? And if that's true what does it mean for you and me?
I'm a Big God guy! I've seen him do incredible things so why should I underestimate the power of love. His love turned my life right-side-up so why can't God's love, flowing through us, radically alter the lives of others?
Yes, it can! Relational love is the first course of treatment for a wounded heart. Love listens, cares, lingers, believes, hopes, believes some more and endures until light begins to shine in the darkest places. Relational love warms up challenged souls to the possibility that God is good and life is worth living.
There is a prescription for healing, and it's to scoop up some love and give it away. Maybe you need some love today. But what if you gave what you so desired for yourself? Instead of seeking it out - give it out. Muster every ounce of strength to give away what you so want, and God will undoubtedly shine his love into your soul in a fresh way.
Keep pouring out the love. If the world were invaded by Jesus followers who intended to love people every day, pillboxes and counselors offices would grow dusty. We all need love, and somebody has to go first - so it may as well be you and me. Scoop up some love and give it away – the world will be a better place.
You're invited! Karl is the lead pastor of 180 Chicago. Our worship celebration is held Sundays, 10 am, at Whitney Young on the near west side of Chicago. We invite you to join us and pick up an autographed copy of Karl's book, THRILL.