We are "Not Just" who we seem to be on this Earthly plane, but so much more. We are ALL children of a loving God who is calling us home to Love. This blog is dedicated to those of us on that journey together…
Love is the eternal ideal. To move towards Love is to walk on our purpose’s path. Love’s perfection may not ever be achieved in this life yet it continues to be the ideal focus of our attentions.
Pure and perfect Love is full of light and life and truth and all good things. We all become our best as we chose to travel on love’s path towards Love’s perfection. On this path we will find our peace, our healing and our hope.
The world would be a much better place if we didn’t get frustrated with others whose weaknesses are our strengths and envious of those whose strengths are our weaknesses.
Why must we judge each other so? It is a known fact that not one of us is perfect and yet we moan and complain when confronted with the imperfections of others! We might all be happier if we come to terms with the truth that each of us are broken and imperfect.
Ironically however, we are equally upset if we perceive that others possess characteristics that we ourselves desire yet do not have! Jealousy sneaks into our hearts and robs us of peace. We feel threatened and less valuable when faced with the positive qualities of others we might lack. We feel like ‘less’ because others appear to have ‘more’.
A better world begins when we remember that every single one of us has special gifts and a unique purpose. My strength may fulfill your weakness as your strength compensates for my lack. When we combine our own strengths and our gifts with those of others this is how we accomplish great things!
These great things cannot be achieved if we use our energies for envy and complaints. The world would indeed be a much better place if we accepted each other more and criticized each other less. By building each other up through encouragement, patience and forgiveness the world will become the better place we dream of and the one God Himself desires for us!
I am not afraid of theological diversity. We will be closer to the Truth when we admit we might not fully know it. God is waiting for us to remove the religious blocks that keep us from knowing Him. God is not religion, nor does He align with one theological perspective.
God is Love, this Love is something we will continue to grow to understand for the rest of our lives. This Love, I believe, will only be fully known when we enter Eternity’s realm. We may come close at times, yet theological study will never fully capture His Love in this life. Until we unite with God we must be humble enough to know our limitations and respect, and (dare I say?) love those who understand God differently than we do.
I love theological diversity! We may differ in our theological perspectives, yet each of us carry a bit of God’s truth! Together we can understand Him more than we ever could alone. With diversity we can expand our understanding thereby coming closer to Him and to Love.
Through our own suffering we are reminded of our mortality and human limitations. Our pain reminds us we are not omnipotent nor unbreakable! Pain propels us to look beyond our current circumstances.
Pain is a humbling force in our lives. It forces us to look outside of ourselves for hope and for direction. No longer satisfied with propelling by our own efforts alone, we are encouraged to seek out comfort and help to carry us through.
We can be consumed by pain or we can try and overcome it. By choosing to focus beyond our pain we are choosing life over death. Our hope lies beyond our pain.
We create links with others when we reach outward for healing and for help. The connections we create with others is the conduit to a power greater than ourselves. This power is the power of miracles and of healing! This power not only connects us to each other but to God.
Pain can be a catalyst for spiritual connection with each other and with the Divine. Pain encourages us to focus outside our physical selves onto the eternal. This is pain’s ultimate gift: the gift of connection and the awareness of something greater outside ourselves and beyond this world. Pain’s ultimate gift is Divine.
Who understands pain more than those who have been injured? Who understands suffering better than those who have been traumatized? It is often through our experiences that we develop compassion for others as they struggle on life’s path.
Pain brings with it the gift of insight and knowing the needs of those who suffer or have suffered in the same way we have. This unique understanding allows us to reach out to help others in their time of greatest need. We are therefore able to offer encouragement, strength and hope! Reaching out in this way is an act of compassion.
Pain can be the gateway for compassion and understanding. Understanding and compassion are on the path towards Love. Love is where God is and what this life-thing is all about.
We can indeed embrace our Christian Faith and our sexuality without conflict or compromise! God created us to live and love in our own unique way… and this uniqueness need not be denied but celebrated! God loves us as we are!
He created each of us to love and be loved as we are and for who we are: be it gay, transgender, lesbian, inter-sexual, bi-sexual, heterosexual or asexual.
The way we love and are loved is not a sin. Being and behaving contrary to who God created us to be, that is what is sinful. Denying our sexuality can force us to live in sin by disconnecting us from His plan for our lives.
We are reconciled to Him by embracing the beautiful person of light and of love that He created us to be. God simply needs each of us to live authentically and never be ashamed of who we are or how we love!
❤️Ann L. McPherson
‘Not Just A Blonde’
*I wrote this in response to what I would want to say to someone who felt their sexual orientation was incompatible with Christianity. It breaks my heart to think someone would feel they have to leave their Faith in order to love.
God is Love, yet how does anyone begin to describe what Love is? Love itself is a bit ambiguous and difficult to fully understand. In the English language “Love” has many different meanings and flavors depending on the context of it’s use. There is the love of passion and obsession, the love of friendship and of family, and… Spiritual Love, the love of God.
Spiritual Love… God’s Love is multi-faceted and somewhat difficult to describe. This Love is a mixture of all good things. Describing this Love is as overwhelming as when we are attempting to describe God.
There are many different ingredients that make up love: kindness, patience, empathy, forgiveness, long-suffering, compassion, hope, humility, acceptance, encouragement, generosity… just to name a few!
I have come to understand this love, God’s Love to be like a bowl of soup with each of Love’s ingredients creating Love’s life-giving sustenance and rich flavor!
Each of our bowls has a slightly different texture and flavor. Our love consists of the same basic ingredients in amounts as unique as each of us!
Your bowl may have a greater amount of patience; mine compassion. Our brother might have a generous amount of humility, your neighbor may demonstrate gracious hospitality and our sister might exude hope!
Love is filled with many ingredients that give Love it’s rich flavor! Each of us can make our own pot and share it with whomever we choose and with whom God calls us to!
We each love differently with slight uniqueness to our recipes. Love is as diverse as each of us and this is reflected in the Love Soup we offer to each other, to ourselves and to the World!
The soup of God’s Love is something we can never get too much of and it warms the soul. Pull up a chair, grab your spoon and feast on some Love soup!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8~
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” Ephesians 4:2 ~ Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.
That which is most valuable is not found within this life. Our treasures lie beyond this world in eternity! God asks us to remember that we cannot take anything of Earthly value with us when we die; yet that which has true value will always be ours and will be found there in more abundance!
Our opinions and our views are the lenses from which we perceive the world. Often the power to change our lives lies within us and is not dictated by anything or anyone outside of us! The best way to change our lives is to change our minds. Think about it.