Iâ€™m writing today as a contributor to theÂ Christian Writers Blog Chain. OurÂ theme for this month is â€œDiscovery.â€ Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if youâ€™re a Christian writer or author.
Discovery… and Indiana Jones. Love Indy. He was the adventuring archaeology professor that “lived” on the big screen… so I like this adventure tale. I also love 00 Smooth… Bond… James Bond. Both dudes were suave… debonair… (neither quiteÂ crunchy sexualÂ though… ha!). Oh well, close enough… I guess I could write this “discovery”pitch… it would be fun… and would certainly lead us to an image of Jesus if posed here… but I’m bringing something even lovelier today… yep, and it likewise leads to Jesus…
Discovery to me brings to mind something new… or growing… like a bank of knowledge… or love. Picture with me the cute old couple sitting on the park bench… smiling… in love… STILL in love… it’s been a good life they’ve shared… oh so many memories… children… their children’s children… and so on…
Wondering why I would use an image of a very old couple on a park bench while trying to convey the concept of something new? Or growing? Discovery?
The answer may just surprise you… and totally transform your perspective of the meaning of love… and discovery.
I wonder how many people are genuinely excited about growing old? I don’t know as I’m necessarily excited about this growing old concept… the aches and pains… loosing my memory and eyesight… hearing?? … cant’ run fast anymore… but I am excited about eternity. And I am excited about these two old people we’ve envisioned growing old together. Why?
“Growing old together” … what exactly does that Â suggest? Well, to me it suggests that we’re going to continue on a journey to discovery… one that is enduring, like we say about true love… love endures. To me, if “growing old together” means we’re experiencing something that builds formidable mountains in terms of intimacy, I want to know more!
“Love never fails.”Â 1 Corinthians 13:8
Wouldn’t it be awesome to think that our love could grow continuously through time? I kind of think of that as a goal. At church we say our goal is to be in a growing relationship with Jesus. That’s what I’m referring to here… for Jesus, and for other people.
How do we foster this growth, of our love for others?
The reason that true, unconditional love grows is discovery.Â (Click to Tweet)
Remember, unconditional love is accepting you exactly as you are. Whatever your imperfections are today… and whatever comes up tomorrow… this love endures. It is unchanging. It’s like the invitation from God…
“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.”Â Romans 11:29
When we’re in a relationship that clicks right, there is growth. It could be in your marriage, with your other loved ones, and also with Jesus. Especially with Him. That’s exciting! It may not happen every single day, and certainly we’ll go through seasons, just the same as in every other aspect of life, but hopefully there is growth in a positive direction.
How do we stay is discovery mode?
There is one enduring truth: When all else fails, the truth of God will still be standing.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”Â Jesus speaking, as documented in Luke 21:33
Growing love and discovery… it’s not a gimme… we have to have a healthy heart to be in this arena.
The thought driving this through me doesn’t dive into the physical side of a healthy heart. While that’s important to our vitality, and it’s something that I prioritize in my personal life, this effort is focused on the emotional health of our heart.
A good, warm and inviting fire… fueled with the deep, enduring love of Jesus, fanned by the breath of the Holy Spirit, and ignited by the crisp spark of God’s word on the tip of our tongue.
That’s how we get to the proverbial park bench from here…
Discovery is simply having a positive attitude, initiative and a healthy heart.Â (Click to Tweet)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yetÂ no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.Â I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.Â Ecclesiastes 3:11-12