that we are not in competition with each other.
that God loves us and even likes us.
that other people love us and even like us.
that we have a pulsating purpose and light, as followers of Jesus, coursing through our bodies, and we have something to accomplish while we have breath in our lungs here on this earth... not just the 9 to 5 or homework or hanging out.
that we're not alone. in whatever it is or whatever we're struggling through, and even in our purpose, we're not alone and we are not meant to be alone in any of it.
to look around and really see other people.
to be looking intently, deeply, for opportunities to notice and serve other people.
what Jesus has done and is doing, which speaks loads about who He is. which is why i love this song (below) so much... it reminds me about who i was before, how i act when i forget, and who i would be without, Him.
i think i need this post almost daily. like a daily splash of cold water to the face to snap me out of myself. why is it so so easy to forget what we're doing, to forget who we are, to forget who God is, to forget to be thankful. it's always so easy for me to point my finger at the israelites in the old testament when they were wandering and complaining and forgetting over and over who God is and who they are, but i realize, i do the same thing. sometimes it's like that movie, 50 first dates, where drew barrymore's character, who suffers from short-term memory loss, has to watch a little video of her life every morning when she wakes up to remember that she had an injury that caused her to lose her short-term memory and she has a husband and a baby now and that they live on a boat. it's like i need that movie sometimes when i wake up. "here's your family and your friends and they all love you a lot, and remember when Jesus came and changed everything, alexi? He loves you so much. oh, and this is what life looks like when you live for Him, but remember how much you don't feel like who you were created to be when you wander? oh, and you're made in the image of this God who loves you, so walk confidently knowing that He is with you and He made you to be who you are. okay, have a good day! look for people who need the hope you have today!"
remember with me today, friend. remember remember remember.