Typical Sunday morning,... I love to wake up and just reflect on what God has done throughout the week. Today was no different. Gods love and mercy has been on my mind lately, just the mere thought of Christ's death brings the reality back to mind in such a way that I can't even begin to understand. I was encouraged this week by a friend to look back over my life and just see how many times Gods mercy kept me from dieing in "close call" situations... I laughed at first thinking he was joking, but, seeing he was serious I began to go back through my life and easily spouted off half a dozen times that I should have been killed or seriously named for life. He looked at me and asked, why weren't you? The truth is I don't know, I could have easily said that God, for some reason, I guess, wasn't finished with me yet. Or maybe ... I just needed to learn more about His love for me and show me in turn how to love others. This, is what God has been teaching me recently . I have blind spots, faults, failures and struggles with sin, so.... why is it, in my mind, that I can judge someone else for theirs? And yet, I find myself wanting to. It's a struggle not to compare yourselves among ourselves. Has God ever placed someone in your life who you find difficult to love ..... unconditionally? I found one of those types of people this week... quirks, inconsistencies, shortcomings and all. I wish I could could say I passed the test with flying colors but God is teaching me allot about loving people as he did. I think one day when I'm a father of my own kids I'll be able to understand a little better of what God feels like when he loves me... inconsistent, failures and all. I've just been asking God to learn to love like HIM... His mercy is new every morning... great is is his faith fullness. 1,2 and 3rd John are great testimonies to God's love for us... life's to short... learn to love. -7 <>< Psalm 37:3-7 " Love is giving to others, without the expectation of anything in return..."