“The value of a person isn’t measured on an applause meter; it’s measured in the heart and mind of God.” ~John Fischer
As a singer/songwriter, it’s all too easy to get caught up in rating your applause meter. Before I knew that God loved me unconditionally, irregardless of my performance, that’s how I worked, lived, was motivated. And I tell you, it’s no way to live. One mistake and you’re feeling pitiful about yourself, berating yourself at every lukewarm reception. But Jesus sees me differently. He loved me way before I took notice of Him. I can mess up every note, every song, and He will not change in His feelings toward me, the child that He has made. And that makes me priceless, untouchable by applause or lack thereof. Child of God, person made and loved by the King of the entire world. Way too much for my mind to fully understand, but what parts I can take in, I cherish. Blessings on your day today, Lisa
“This is what the Lord says: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’ ” ~Jeremiah 31:3
“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” ~Jude 1-2
I heard a quote by Gareth Gilkeson of Rend Collective, a praise band out of Northern Ireland, that really made me stop and think.
“We need to get down to the serious business of joy….seriousness is not one of the fruits of the spirit, but joy is.”
I love, love, love, love this. Oh, did I mention that I love this? 🙂 Too many stony-faced Christians (and yes, I’ve been guilty of this on occasion); not enough pure, unadulterated, all-encompassing, I-can’t-believe-Jesus-loves-me JOY!
“God’s peace is joy resting. His joy is peace dancing.” (F.F. Bruce) Dance in your spirit today….the God who made the whole entire immense universe cares about you. No matter what problems you are facing, and we all have big ones sometimes, that is something to hold on to…something to bring you joy. Blessings, Lisa