Isn’t it cool that each individual is a thread in this massive woven blanket of desires, passions, and dreams? You see, I’ve got this thing for souls. Before I truly met Jesus I would meet someone and put them into this categorical box in my mind. What could they do for me? What was their position on my social scale? It was terribly sad because within five minutes of meeting someone they would be diminished to a simple thought or stereotype. It was through Jesus that I realized the importance of putting on His lens of how to see others.
When Jesus walked this earth He was constantly seeking out the brokenhearted and burnt out. That about sums up most of us so I’m incredibly thankful I wasn’t looked over. He sees me. He sees you. Then He pursues us and fills us with passions and dreams. After that He connects us with individuals who we can do life together with and all of the sudden we have a community in front of us that will stick with us through every season.
When I say, “putting on His lens” I picture these vintage pink glasses that I got from a thrift store in California. I bought them because they remind me of the song by Louis Armstrong called La Vie En Rose. Translated it means Life in Pink. The lyrics go:
Hold me close and hold me fast
The magic spell you cast
This is La Vie En Rose
When you kiss me heaven sighs
And though I close my eyes
I see La Vie En Rose
When you press me to your heart
I’m in a world apart
A world where roses bloom
And when you speak…angels sing from above
Everyday words seem…to turn into love songs
Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be
La Vie En Rose
The Lord spoke to me one day through this song. He said it was His love song to me and He wants to use it as an anthem for how I love others. It was through this revelation that I started investing my time in how I can intentionally love others unconditionally. Without hesitation, without expectation, and without pressure. To love others like Jesus. To walk out every day a love that is passionate and true. It was from this that I was able to step into my true identity in Christ as an encourager. Now, it is my joy to speak life to others without fear of getting anything in return. It has freed my heart of any obligations from others. My satisfaction is from Jesus alone and everything else is a blessing. Oh, He sure does love blessing me too. It is just His nature. I’ve got an incredible community and my list of Lifeys (people I get do to life with) continues to grow as I walk this wild adventure with my Best Friend. Thank you, Jesus!