The One with Extravagance

This morning has been a very introspective one.

I am working on a huge Christmas project/present for one of my favorite people, and have been searching my old journals for words of inspiration.  I have consistently kept a journal since high school, but even as a child I  would sporadically write in myPassword Journal (gosh, growing up in the 90’s).  I love looking through my old journals, seeing what inspired me at that time or what was going on in my life.  Through my morning search, I found a couple of gems that I wanted to share.

No, the love of God isn’t dignified at all, and apparently that’s the way He expects our love to be.  Not only does He require that we accept his inexplicable, embarrassing kind of love; but once we’ve accepted it, He expects us to behave the same way with others. from The Ragamuffin Gospel

Mostly what God does is love you.  Keep company with him and learn a life of love.  Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious, but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us.  Love like that.  Ephesians 5:1-2

Really often, I think that the way we love other people is a reflection of the way we think God loves us.  Sometimes we’re are stingy with love and only offer it to a select few.  Sometimes we are judgmental with love, or only love others when they act according to some unspoken rule.  And that’s so not how love should be.  Love is a lot of things, but mostly it should be extravagant.  This is a huge challenge for me, to love people in a foolish, extravagant way.  Because of my tendencies towards sarcasm and realism, I often give love grudgingly, out of the desire to protect myself.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, self-preservation is important.  But it’s also not a good thing, because it holds me back from loving others fully.  It took a long time for me to fully let myself love Joe, to really fall for him, because so many college relationships don’t last.  The realist in me wouldn’t let my heart get too attached, something that challenged our relationship a lot and we had to work through with our premarital counseling.  When I gave Joe a chance, when I really let myself love him extravagantly, I found more joy than I ever thought I would know.  So give love a chance, and try loving extravagantly.

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