All my life, I have lived with the idea that every single person who passes through our journey here on earth has been sent by God. Some stay for a reason, some stay for a season. If we are truly blessed, many of these people become friends, and many others become family. The awesome thing that happens is when friends become like family.
Our Heavenly Father gave us His Commandments as a Holy Map to guide us on our journey through our life in preparation for an eternity with Him. Jesus reminds us that LOVE is the greatest and most important factor in our relationship with Our Heavenly Father and with others. When Jesus was teaching, a Sadducee lawyer asked, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 KJV
Personal relationships are vitally important to all of us. However, the most important relationship we have is with God. It reminds me of a story I heard about a man who could be seen going into his church, staying a few minutes, and leaving quickly. He did this almost every day and sometimes multiple times during the day. When he was older and his health was deteriorating, he was hospitalized. The doctors and nurses noticed that the floor he was on had a different atmosphere among the staff and patients. He always had a smile and kind words for everyone. He visited around the halls spreading joy. When the time came that he was confined to his room, he had two chairs placed at his bedside. One day someone asked him about the extra chair, and he smiled and explained: “All my life, I would stop by the church as often as possible and go to the alter, and I would talk to God. I knew I could see Him everywhere, but I wanted to be in His House. I would say, “Hey, God! It’s me, Jim. I was just checking in with You!” Now, I am unable to go to His House, but that chair is for Him when He comes to visit with me.
The more time I spend reading God’s Word, the more I crave time with My Heavenly Father. Talking to God is very important to me, and I do a lot of talking. I have also learned to be quiet and listen for His Guidance and Encouragement! He is always with me!
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