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)

Friday, January 04, 2008

Comin' down with somethin'

Matthew 22:37-39 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Pastor Clark often talks about the same thing in different ways. In that respect he kind of reminds me of God, because I think that God tries to teach us the same thing in different ways until we get it. I believe with all my heart that the Holy Spirit speaks through Pastor Clark on a regular basis.

The other day he was speaking about this disease you get when you are saved by Jesus. Its a case of the 'can't help it'. I laughed out loud at how absolutely true that is. You 'can't help' talking about Jesus and all He's done for you, You 'can't help' but be a little nicer (and sometimes a lot nicer) to those that you know and those you don't know, you 'can't help' but serve, and you 'can't help' but notice all the blessings that God has given you, and you just 'can't help' shouting 'thank You, Jesus' or 'there is a God that loves me'. You just 'can't help' it.

I'm a volunteer, I am Youth Staff, and if my body would allow me, I'd do a lot more. That is, if I didn't have to sleep or work. But since working and sleeping are pretty necessary, I do what I can. Sometimes I just show up, do something, and leave. I'm often accused of doing too much for others, and in my heart, I think, I just don't do enough. I think of all the times I don't call someone on their birthday or how I can't do something if someone schedules their event on a Sunday because Sunday is reserved for church and Alive!, and I hope that I don't hurt their feelings. I think of all Jesus has done for me, I know I can never out give Him, but I can show others what He has done for me, so hopefully they will open their hearts and He can do it for them too.

I have this nutty, crazy, almost unexplainable disease, a case of the 'can't help it'. And there is nothing that I would rather do than get a case of the 'can't help it' and forget about myself, and think of others. Because after all God has done for me, I just 'can't help' but love Him.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”- Micah 6:8


Trish said...

Good Post... yep, there is no better disease to have than "I can't help it!"

Louise said...

What better to have than the 'I can't help its'.

Amber Land said...

When you get a chance you have to go to the Bible book store and pick up a copy of a book called Discover Your God-Given Gifts by Doug and Katie Fortune. It talks about how we are the way we are because God made us that way. It really was so much more amazing than I tought it would be, I figured I knew most of the things I need to know about myself. The truth was I was way off. Things I thought were personality flaws turned out to part of my gifting. I think you would really enjoy it!

Saija said...

i smile lots and look for the good ... 'cause "i can't help it!" ... :o) ... i enjoyed your post!