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What song are you singing?

I have been attending a training the last couple of weeks and one of their goals for the students it to have them review how they communication on a relational ship basis so they can be more loving to others.

In this training one of the trainers told this story:

'A missionary was visiting a tribe in Africa and he noticed that the tribe sang many worships songs pertaining to rain. The missionary asked the tribal leader why they sang so many songs pertaining to rain and the leader stated it was because they did not receive much rain. It was very scarce so rain was something that was on their mind a lot because of the lack of it. Then the tribal leader with a puzzled yet serious look on his face, looked straight into the eyes of the missionary and told him that he had visited the United States before and noticed that Americans sang a lot of songs on Love. Does that mean you from the United States do not have much love?'

 

Is this true? Could we sing about love because we have a lack of it as it was insinuated by the tribal leader? I think in my life that has been true. In thinking about this story it prompted me to reflect on my past pertaining to the concept of love. When I was a teenager I did not believe that I thought I was worthy of love nor did I receive it when it was given to me; therefore, I was not able to share love to others.

Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] Matthew 22:37-39(NKJV)

 

I remember feeling very hopeless reading this scripture before my eyes were opened to the truth. Cause I knew that even though I was longing to care for others I was incapable cause I could not give my all to a God that I could not believe truly loved me thus I did not know how to love. I did not believe so I could not receive. I am still a work in progress on the learning to love God with everything, then loving myself so I can love others. But I believe today. It takes work. It is work. It is a sacrifice of self and ones own needs for another. Is it worth it? Jesus thought so when he hung on the cross for our sins. With that thought then 'Love is not a feeling but an action'.

By allowing Him to renew my mind and letting Him in to show me who I really am, I am able to believe that I am loved thus I can receive love and I am able to give it out to others. I remember sitting at the edge of my bed when I was in high school that He would help me be more loving as I knew that my thoughts of suicide and pure hatred toward others was not what I was to be having. For a long time I thought that God had not hear that prayer. Yet it has just been in the last few years where I have been able to see that my old way of dealing with life is gone and a new way has emerge and with a love I have never known before has bubbled forth and is continually rising up.

I believe, I receive and it is done. Mark 11:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Pasted from

I encourage you this day to pray and meditate on positive scripture affirmations from God (http://www.faithandhealthconnection.org/110-affirmations-using-bible-verses/) so that your mind will be renewed. God is love and you too are made of love for God created you in His own image. You are capable of believing love, receiving love and allowing yourself to love others. It is what you are made for -- what are you waiting for?

SO......What song will you sing this day?

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