Thursday, October 13, 2011

So Many Reasons Why

So we represent Christ's love
in everything we do.
From the mundane to the marvelous,
our lives are supposed to proclaim Christ.
When you review your marriage and life, what do you see?
It should be Jesus,
and that should be reason enough,
 but God often gives us even more reasons
to do a great job in our marriages.


I have three.
And in about ten years I'd like nothing more
 than to have a few grand–er reasons.


Another reason?
I've invested more than half my life in time, effort, late nights,
conversation, prayer, working it out, saying I'm sorry,
forgiving, making it right, going gray, getting fat,
vacations, learning to ski, duets, phone calls,
wet beds, swimming, getting lost, funerals,
bike rides, graduations, births,
 travels to foreign countries,
early mornings, worries, lean times, holidays,
 cancer, slammed doors, fever, new life in Christ,
and tears on the front porch steps together holding hands.


I count it a privilege to continue for a lifetime.
In fact, I've been known to say
one lifetime's not long enough.

Count your reasons.

They're all — all of them — worth getting it right.


31 Days Family from Dawn Gonzalez on Vimeo.
{This post contains a video, in case you're reading in email or a reader.}

Take Home:
Is your family's past and future worth it?
(It is to Jesus.)

Lyrics:
Do They See Jesus In Me

Is the face that I see in the mirror
the one I want others to see?
Do I show in the way that I walk in my life
The love that You've given to me?
My heart's desire is to be like You
In all that I do, all I am

Do they see Jesus In me?
Do they recognize Your face?
Do I communicate Your love, and Your grace?
Do I reflect who You are
In the way I choose to be?
Do they see Jesus In Me?

It's amazing that you'd ever use me
But use me the way You will
Help me to hold out a heart of
compassionate grace
A heart that Your spirit fills
May I show forgiveness and mercy
The same way You've shown it to me

Now I want to show all the world who You are
The reason I live and breathe
So You'll be the One that they see
When they see me


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