Challenge 12: Love for 2013

Love is not just a weekly challenge but a life challenge, calling us to change the fabric of our lives. Because this is so, I give these weekly challenges so you can experience for a week a certain aspect of love and learn the possibility of that love week being your love life. And you know I don’t just mean eros, that romance love, but I’m talking about agape, that unconditional love we should have for everyone. So this day, the last day of 2012, I want you to reflect on the challenges I have presented here on Take a Risk: Radical Love for the Soul to see how they can (or have) become a part of your love life. This takes your willingness and Jesus working through you to achieve. And we know this is possible: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13-NKJV). And we know this strength is already in us through the Spirit of God, who Jesus gave us to reside in us (Philippians 2:13). Our job is not to quench the Holy Spirit but allow His fire to light our path and ignite our souls to love in a radical way (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Acts 2:3-4). We can make 2013 the year to truly embrace radical love for life by focusing on having more of Jesus so we have more of His love to give:

Be Thankful
Encourage the Ultra Miserable
Have a Plan
Counter the Attack
Make Another Attempt
Thank Your Offender
Love Consistently
Rejoice for Others
Love Those You Disdain
Love Through Pain
Rejoice and Be Glad

My One Thousand Gifts List

Having dinner ready before 4
A cancelled appointment
A more complete blog post than I ever imagined
More parenting column ideas
Feeling deep love for those who offended me
Talking to and through with a friend about our offenses and helping one another
Completing changes to my manuscript proposal
Hearing about Helena’s daughter getting an internship with Child Evangelism Fellowship
Hearing that Klark didn’t have to have surgery because God moved on His behalf
Getting to bed at 8:40 p.m.