Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

No half way here.

I hate half way. Ever go on vacation and only go half way to your destination? Ever cook a meal half way and then eat. Those two things don't usually happen. Why? because half way sucks.

I don't understand half-way. Either you are in or you're not. Ever been to a function I have? Does it usually look like i do it half way? If something happens and it's not all the way, I stress out. It's my personality. Over achiever. High strung. ALL IN.

I think about Jesus and when the Pharisees asked Him, what's the most important commandment (in Matthew, Mark, Luke), Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind". There's no part way there. Be all in. He didn't say love Him with your heart, soul, mind, He used the word All.

I'm learning (yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks) that if I do things that are "in" my gifts, if I listen to what God wants, life is so much easier. I think that in that excellance of all in, honors God.

I don't get people who are not all in. I don't know how to live half way. I work with people in many areas of my life that are half way, and it bugs me. It totally frustrates me. And maybe my job isn't just to do a job all the way, but to show and help others do it all the way too.

I love this song by Lincoln Brewster, "Love the Lord". It's a pop Christian song. It reminds me of Rhonda Hart, can't you see her dancing to it? I can hear Jon laughing because he is so amazed by her. She lived "all in" that was probably one of my favorite things about her.

All I'm saying is be all in. We're called to be hot, we're called to be salty. We're called to love big, each other, and most importantly love God big.

Be the light.

Matthew 5:13-16 (msg) 13"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14-16"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Love the Lord - Lincoln Brewster

Love the lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength
I will serve the lord with all my heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength
I will love you,
I will praise you,
I will serve you,
I will trust you


Pat said...

Nothing is worse then being identified as being lukewarm, God did not like lukewarm. It's kind of like "sort of" being a Christian, it just doesn't work.
Good post.

Heather Smith said...

Great post, Margie. I've heard it put this way, "Where would we be if Jesus had only gone halfway to Calvary and then said, 'I've had enough'" It's a totally humbling thought, and one that makes me want to be ALL IN!

Sara said...

i'm big, hot and salty. how do ya like that?