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The last week in March 2018 was interesting for a number of reasons but mostly because of the signs and messages that entered my space. As I found myself saying more and more "I just want peace," I knew that this could only happen by loving what is, embracing reality, and cooperating with the Universe in submission and surrender to the commands of the Creator.

How does your love look when things don't go your way? When things don't go my way, I have to ask myself "where is your head?" The following quote helped me find my center.

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.” (Lao Tzu)

Words to myself: if you want peace then sit in the present... bring all of you in the room: heart, mind, soul, and strength.

I watched 3 video/movies that challenged me, as well as demonstrated love and living in the present.

My Left Foot (based on a true story): a movie about a family who had a son born with abnormalities. His left foot was the only part of his body over which he had control. In the movie after Christy was born and doctors broke the news of there being complications to his father, one doctor asked if he was going to put Christy in an institution. The father said, “No son of mine will live in an institution." This family was not wealthy so the decision to buckle down and do what they had to do was no small commitment. Christy learned to write, paint, and eventually got married. He even wrote his own book, typed using his left foot. It’s a great story.

The Couple: Under the terms of the Third Reich's "Europa Plan," Krauzenberg (a wealthy Jewish business owner) arranges with Nazi leaders to exchange his fortune, his business holdings (textile plants, steel mills, ownership of several banks) and a collection of rare art for safe passage to Switzerland for himself, his wife Rachel (Judy Parfitt), and their family.

Vivian Green and her son: Pregnant with her first child, it was supposed to be one of the happiest times of R&B singer/songwriter Vivian Green’s life. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out that way. In her second trimester of pregnancy, doctors told her that the baby she was carrying had a severe undiagnosable illness that would leave it seriously disabled, and if she had the baby it was likely to die within one week. “It was horrible,” Vivian says of hearing the news. “Stuff like he had no fingers or toes, his entire cardiovascular system was undeveloped; things that you never want to hear as a mother.”

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John 15:12-15 reads “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends ...

Are we really ready to lay down our lives? By the time I watched the clip with Vivian Green I realized that I needed more surrender and was lead to check and acknowledge an attitude of Christian/Believer entitlement. These films showed me a picture, the “laying your life down” kind of love and the attitude that accompanies it. I repeat, how does your love look when things don't go your way?

Where do our petty offenses fit in as it relates to the call of this type of love, which is the only type that births growth and power - unconditional!

  1. John 13:38 … Jesus answered, “Will you [really] lay down your life for Me? I assure you and most solemnly say to you, before a rooster crows you will deny and completely disown Me three times.
  2. Prov 19:11 … Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, And it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment].
  3. 1 John 3:16 … We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

What is the difficulty or fear in unconditional love?