Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
Well, today is July 4th. A day we celebrate our hard earned freedom from the tyranny of the British. This day will be etched into my mind until I die, because it was on this day in 1983, that I received a phone call after coming in from a run, that my Father had died. I had just spent three weeks at home in New York, visiting him most every day. I finally made a decision that I needed to get back to Colorado to work, and a few days later he died. I wasn’t really shocked or surprised. I think I have mentioned some of my relation with my dad in past blogs. He spent most of my life at home as the “bread winner” for the family but never had much time for my older sister and me. So, we were not close and I really never felt he loved me. Over time and after I had a new life in Christ, I came to understand the situation and forgave him for the lack of the father-son relationship I always desired.
Fast forward to last week. I was talking to one of my “nieces” at work. I really love this particular “niece” and we are able to have good, honest talks together During one of our talks last weeks, she told me that I have the reputation of being an “Eeyore.” All I knew about him was that he was a character (a donkey of all things) in the Winnie the Pooh stories and was a grouch. At least that’s what I thought. We didn’t talk further that day but it stayed on my mind. So a couple days later we were talking again and I mentioned it to her. I knew she didn’t mean it badly, because I know her. But I was wondering what she meant. She told me, “You don’t know how much you are loved around here.” She’s right, I don’t think of myself as being loved around here much at all. I learned from another friend last night that, “Eeyore was very lovable. He just didn’t think he contributed much to anyone’s life. His catch phrase is, “Thaaanks for noticin’.” He thought no one would even notice or care he existed.” I replied back to my friend, “Wow!!! Your last comment is me! You hit it on the head! Eeyore and I are cousins!” So my new re:generation goal for he moment is not to be an Eeyore and to try not to keep apologizing for taking up too much air and space.
Fast forward once again to today. I had a good weekend. I spent some great time with the Lord studying and praying. I was still thinking about some of the conversations I had this past week and over the weekend. I mentioned above that I really love my “niece.” Actually I have a few “nieces” and I love them all. I would do anything for them to help them along with their lives and growth in the Lord. Also, I thought of my re:generation studies I have been doing over the weekend. One thing that re:gen does, it really enforces the fact of God’s love for us. The thought of how much God loves me keeps resonating in my mind. I don’t think I want to go over a bunch of Bible verses about this but I do want to quote one verse: “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him” (Ephesians 1:4).
I would be the first person to admit that I don’t understand God’s love for me. It took me several years after I was a Christian just to stop trying to earn God’s love like I had to do with my father. I have finally, I believe, come to just accept the fact that God does love me and accepts me with all my sins, faults and imperfections! Yay, for my re:generation class! God certainly doesn’t need me or you. He CHOSE us!! Unbelievable!! Not only that, but he chose us before He created the world, according to Ephesians 1:4. If you keep reading down to verse 14 in Ephesians 1 you read about a lot more things God did for us that we don’t deserve.
Maybe the world does look at me as an Eeyore just taking up breathable air. But in God’s eyes, I am perfect, Holy and blameless before Him. My friends, it doesn’t get any better than that on this earth. Francis Chan puts it this way: “The greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God’s one goal for me is Himself. The Good News–the best news in the world, in fact–is that you can have God Himself.”
God loves you. We hear it in church all the time, we read in books and we read it in God’s Word, the Bible. But do we really believe it and accept it? I encourage you to please read Ephesians 1. But don’t just read it. Meditate on it and apply it to your life by faith. The only way the Word can be a sharp, two edged sword to us, is when we apply faith to what we read. If we don’t believe that God loves us so much and so unconditionally, how can we ever share His love in a meaningful way with others, even to other believers? It’s something to think about. God bless you are and have a truly blessed 4th of July.