12.29.2013

Always Give More

Hillsong Live - Glorious Ruins

I always look forward to Sundays, as this is when we attend our church service at Alabang New Life Christian Center. Ever since we lost our daughter Elyssa, we just found ourselves in this church searching for comfort during our time of mourning. Our Christian journey began, and we never looked back.

In today's service, Pastor Allan Critchett gave a preaching titled "With All Your Heart". He spoke that in everything, we must always give more of ourselves as God always gives more than what we expect from Him. 

My DH and I reflected on this, and we realized that each and every day we should dedicate our lives to being more than what we are. In our marriage, we should continue to be passionate about each other just as how we were during courtship. Oftentimes, it is human nature to be insatiable. We set our eyes on something and once we have it, we lose interest and move on to the next big thing. In marriage, it is important to keep the love burning as it is easy to take each other for granted as the years pass by. As husband and wife grow and learn more about each other, the little things that are not so ideal come to light. We reveal more and more of our real selves to each other, and this includes the annoying traits. Once these traits come into the picture, it becomes harder and harder for us to keep the same level of passion as before. 

This applies to other things too. Remember the day you landed your new job? You excitedly announce to your family that your application was successful and you are proud to join your dream company. Over the years, as work comes piling up and terrible bosses nag you every day, passion for your job wanes. You start dreading work. You may begin to search for another dream company, not realizing that it's not the company that needs to change but it's you and your attitude.

In many things in life, we need to learn to ALWAYS GIVE MORE of ourselves in everything that we do. When we thought that we are giving enough to our marriage -- enough love, enough patience -- there is always room to stretch it a little bit more. As parents, we think that we have given enough love and support to our children. We can always challenge ourselves to do more. In doing more, I believe that we can only do this by leaning on Jesus. As humans, we are susceptible to temptations and weariness. Only God's eternal strength can help us keep moving on.

We ask God for many things, and in all times He exceeds our expectations. We should keep in mind that to honor Him, we should always do our best to give more of ourselves each and every time, in everything that we do.

Acts 17:24-28
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.

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