Loving The Lord With Everything - Maddy Hosick
As my time at Link Year continues to dwindle, I find myself reflecting on all the different ways the Lord has grown me this year. He has worked in ways that were quite unexpected and He has taught me how necessary it is for me to wait on His timing. I often try and plan things out and get frustrated when He doesn't respond how I would like Him to. I have learned so much about remaining faithful to the Lord even when I'm not "feeling" His presence. My faith should not be based off of my emotions or if I feel like pursuing the Lord, but rather should be based on the truth. The truth is that Jesus came down to Earth, lived a sinless life, and died a brutal death on a Roman cross for my sin. He conquered death by rising three days later. I find myself wondering how I can live a life that loves God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Matthew 22:37 says, "Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’" Jesus said that this is the first and greatest commandment, but I find myself failing miserably at loving the Lord well. Even on my best days I cannot love the Lord with all of my heart. The good news is that the Lord still loves me and will never love me more than He does right now. His love is steadfast and perfect. He knows everything about me, including all of my sin. As a matter of fact He knows me better than I know myself, and yet He still loves me. He's not in love with a future version of me, because He is in love with me now! So what do I do with this? I focus on all He has done for me and His great love and live to glorify Him, not by walking around on egg shells trying to not mess up.
I am so thankful for the lessons I've learned at Link Year, and I am so excited to keep learning and getting to know the Lord for myself.