When we think back over our childhood years and our first love, we still have a sentimental impression left on our hearts. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good. But the memory is still there, and once in a while will re-surface to tug at your heart once more.
But do you know who your real first love is and should always be? Jesus! He knew us before we were born and designed our every molecule. And I believe we knew Him too, until we journeyed to earth. I believe because there are times when I am watching God’s wonderous creations, and a wave of immense homesickness swallows me. My first love is back where I belong, for I don’t belong to this world, and my heart knows it. And there is this tug to be with Him.
In Revelation 2:3-4 Jesus says, “…and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Never-the-less I have this against you that you have left your first love.”
He does not say we have lost Him, only that we have left Him. Has your church or family left Jesus? Have you found it easy to abandon “Jesus First” in all things? Have the whispers of this world made wrong into right for you, even when the bible clearly states it is wrong?
We all find ourselves charging ahead in life and leaving our first love behind. So caught up in the lights, and shiny things our eyes turn to focus more on them. All because we are human. But you know, when we realize we are off track and have wandered away; can we not re-adjust ourselves?
Recently, I started selling Rodan+Fields because I am in love with the skin care line! One of their suggestions is to make an idea board so that you can visually see exactly what you want to accomplish by being a consultant. I thought why not?
My vision board has four quadrants with pictures. Each picture represents four things I would like to do with my earnings. One picture concerns my husbands retirement. He has taken care of us and I feel it is time for us to take care of him. The second picture is of our family’s Disney trip years ago. The kids, grandkids, and us. This was a wonderful family vacation. I would like to be able to go on many more family vacations. The third picture concerns the dreams of our youngest son. I would like to be able to help him. And the fourth picture is a dream I have had for many years. Ever since I saw the abandoned school on highway 200 in South Carolina. I want to take abandoned schools and redesign them into apartments for families who are struggling and homeless to live. To give them a chance to breathe without worrying about bills. And to provide the assistance they need for a brighter future.
Yes, when I dream, I dream big. Because I have a big God!
Speaking of my big God; at the front and in the very center of my vision board, is a huge white cross. Because none of my dreams or aspirations would be worth anything if God was not the center and forefront of everything I do! Jesus is still my first love and will always be, I pray.
It is time for all of us to come back to our first love! You can start by putting a white cross on everything you do. A little reminder that God must come first. Or start by praying to God, once a day. Go to church. Join a bible study.
Your first love is waiting on you to return to Him!
God Bless You!