Drowning All Around

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:17-21)

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning?

Not actually drowning (at least, I hope not), but more like drowning in responsibilities, struggles, and to-dos.

  • Work
  • Kids
  • Spouse
  • School
  • Lesson plans
  • Sermon planning
  • Spiritually leading your family
  • Cooking dinner
  • Juggling finances
  • People pleasing
  • Searching for joy
  • Looking for peace
  • Wondering where you’ve gone wrong
  • Wondering if they’ll come back
  • Searching for meaning

I think we all find ourselves there, right? After all, we all live on the same planet and, like it or not, we have responsibilities and we live in a fallen world. As believers, we have the promise of the Spirit and joy and hope, but it’s a struggle to remember it, isn’t it? It’s easy to get lost in what culture throws our way and the demands that living life in the present day consists of. It’s easy to be looking for meaning and purpose in getting all of these “things” complete and whole that we lose sight of this fact…

You are loved.

It’s easy to be looking for meaning and purpose in getting all of these “things” complete and whole that we lose sight of this fact… You are loved. Click To Tweet

Let that sink in for a moment…

One thing I’ve come to realize is that I spend a lot of time loving others from a place of genuine concern and a heart of love. I often, though, forget that I’m loved. Being loved is the fuel to my fire to love others. It’s the spark to my living with purpose and hope. It’s the thing that allows me to be the switch.

You are loved.

I love the idea that we find in Ephesians as Paul writes this prayer to the church at Ephesus. What he’s saying is,

“You are drowning in a sea of God’s love. You can’t go too far down, you can’t elevate yourself enough, you can’t put enough distance between yourself and others, you can’t even run far enough from His love. It surrounds you!”

Wow! What a statement to remember in a transactional world. What a truth to take hold of in a throw away society.

You are loved.

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