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Everyday on my way to work there are two minutes of my commute where I am on the highway looking directly at downtown Columbus before I turn south and head to work. Many mornings the sun is just coming up and beaming through the skyline. I smile because every time it happens I feel that God is declaring to me, “I love this city, I love these people; Like my light is shining off these magnificent structures I want you to shine My light on these people.” His creation should evoke wonder, wonder that evokes worship and worship that evokes a deep desire to see others experience this amazing God.
I’m reading a book right now by Bob Goff called “Love Does” which is a fantastic little book if you get the time. Its about participating with God in his plan of love and how he desires to use us to show his love to all.
In the chapter I read today he talked about being invited to special occasions and how we do not need a special status to be invited to life with God. He just offers it to all. I found a particular paragraph relating to this discussion.
“There is only one invitation it would ill me to refuse,yet I’m tempted to turn it down all the time. I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.
Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I’ve seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live. Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven’t really been invited. but you see, we have been invited-everyday, all over again.”