JOHN MOGABGAB, a Christian writer, has come to see that success in this world will boil down to a single, simple, and disturbingly profound question: Have I loved well? Truly loving well means different things to different people, but it always involves an element of sacrifice. the Cross reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made by giving his life for those whom God loved so much.
Take a few moments to ask yourself the following questions. Answer each one as if you see Jesus sitting beside you. Next, ask Jesus to speak to you about your responses.
• How has God’s sacrificial love affected my life?
• Does God see me as one who loves well?
• How may I have failed to love God or others sacrificially?
• How is God calling me to a sacrificial love right now?
– Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young
Contemplative by Design
From page 75 of Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. Copyright © 2008 by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Spend time with the questions above. What answers come to mind? Share your thoughts.
32:7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
Psalm 32:7, NRSV
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This week we remember: David of Wales (March 1).
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