This morning, I hear the word ‘impact’ in my spirit. The dictionary describes it as;
What immediately came to mind was the recent accident we had while returning from Michigan. It replays over and over in my mind, that point of impact. Like a movie in slow motion, I see it all unfold in front of me. Seeing the other car crossing in front of me, knowing there’s not time to stop, calling out to Jesus and making the obvious announcement that I can’t avoid him and to hang on.
Our lives are full of impact events. There are days that change your life in ways that you never forget. The day before Thanksgiving, 1967 when my mom, grandma and grandpa walked up from the newly fell tree my dad had cut down. Mom stepped ahead and wrapped her arms around Sharon and I to tell us, “Your daddy’s gone home to be with Jesus.” July 2nd, 1973 when my sisters, a cousin and I were all baptized in the Holy Spirit. (I just realized it happened on my dads birthday. Wonder if he was watching?!) February 14, 1976, the day I married Walt. March 16, 1977, the day Stacy was born. December 29, 1978, the day I miscarried our 2nd child. November 28, 1979, when I gave birth to Shannon who turned my sorrow into joy.
So many other life events have impacted my life over the past almost 60 years now. I’m sure there will be more, but there is one constant; Jesus. His life has impacted mine more than any has. He’s taught me to love more than I’ve ever loved, to see people as differently, to extend grace and forgiveness, to look beyond their faults to their need. He’s helped me to see that he’s not looking for me to be perfect, but for me to love perfectly.
I will close with this beautiful passage from I John 4:17-19; God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
Father, let your love impact our lives today that we may impact the lives of others. In Jesus’ name we ask this. Amen