Of the many jobs and roles I’ve played throughout my life, none are more precious to me than that of Father. I have been blessed with 3 of the most amazing and beautiful gems in the whole wide world. They mean far more to me than any accolade or earthly treasure. There is nothing I take more seriously, than the responsibility to be their dad. And although I fail miserably time and time again, I continue to be rewarded with the greatest gift of all: their love!
Their love teaches me more about life and my faith, than any sermon, book, or study. The fact is I experience more of the gospel being made complete through the extension of their love than just about anywhere else!
It is through my beloved-ness of them, that I learn what it truly means for me to be called The Beloved.
This is why I’m lead to worship!
I don’t deserve to be called Beloved. Like the image above, I don’t deserve to be held and whispered to, saying that it’s all going to be ok. I spit and kick and lash out in tantrums when I don’t get what I want, and The Father’s response each and every time is to hold me close and continue to call me Beloved.
And that’s what He does for you too!
That’s why He deserves our worship!
And that’s the source of Creating the Awesome.
When you and I understand who we are, understand our identity as Beloved, then and only then does the foundation of our hearts settle, creating in us, the desire to worship. Once we experience this life giving freedom, we can’t help but wake up with renewed energies and passions. It becomes the new normal.
Henri Nouwen discusses this perfectly in his book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World. He says:
This is the essence of our worship and why we lead others in worship.
So I invite you today, rest in the knowledge and core truth of your existence.
You are the Beloved!
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