Just what are we pursuing?
A tagline like “Pursuing a life of love, faithfulness and simplicity” is bound to raise the question: “Pursuing whaaaaat?”
Lest those words roll on by without making a mark, I want to make some comments up front so we’re all clear (me included!) on what I mean by these.
First of all, let me say that I’m not talking about some gushy, mushy, shallow, “I just loooove chocolate!” kind of love. I do like chocolate and some days I might even say I love it, but that’s not what I’m getting at.
I’m also NOT getting at the “oh I can hardly wait for Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet and carry me off into happily ever after” kind of love. Though that is wonderful, I’m not talking about fairy tale love either.
No, the kind of love I want to pursue is the kind that pursued me first. Sacrificial. Relentless. Willing to wade into my mess. Reaching past my rejection. Wanting me when I didn’t know what I wanted.
The kind of love that I’m incapable of and only recognize because it has broken into my brokenness.
It’s the kind of love that first filled the God-shaped void in my heart. The “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” kind of love (from the book of John, chapter 3 verse 16 in the Bible).
Yeah, this is the kind of love that I cannot possibly show others in my own strength no matter how hard I try. It is a God-inspired kind of love that fills my heart when I’m willing to be open, exposed, and risk rejection for the sake of knowing and being known.
For a lot of my life, I’ve been skittish about this kind of love because I didn’t understand what I had already received in Christ. I understood God as Judge and Ruler but not as a Gentle Shepherd. In the last few years, His persistent pursuit has pulled down my defenses and replaced lies with truth. Oh the joy of embracing Him wholeheartedly and without fear!
It’s only as I receive this kind of love that I’m able to share it with others. So, I want to keep pressing on to know Him more and keep looking for ways to love well those He brings across my path.
What do you say? Do you want to join me in this pursuit? I hope so.