You've heard the phrase "reckless abandon".
most likely you've sung it a time or two in songs.
artists love to say we should "live with reckless abandon".
what does living a life of reckless abandon mean?
to see the greatest example of this terminology--all you have to do is look to jesus.
he took reckless abandon and love and combined them when he died on the cross.
he put our lives before his.
he put our needs before his.
he put us first.
websters dictionary defines reckless as "without thought to the consequences"
Abandon is defined as "without restraint, to give up control of"-
love is simply "passionate affection".
when you combine those three you get jesus,
and his example of what it all means-
that he gave up control without thought or consequence because of his deep and passionate affection for us!
proverbs 20:23 says "when you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of god, here's what you'll experience:
and complete satisfaction"
so god is asking me to what?
to be without thought, stop thinking?--lol, no thats not what without thought is, but hey, at times it would be great, at least for my all too busy mind.
no, he is saying to put aside the fear, worry, anxiety of life-and give him control.
and then what?
surrender, give it all--all the hurts, wants, needs, desires to him.
and then love him.
no matter if you have hundreds of people who love you or you feel no one loves you-
there is always jesus who does.
what he states in the bible is always true.
the most awesome thing that a lot of people miss here in this verse, is that after god asks you to love, he gives you a vision of what your life can entail.
he shows love back to you through his promises.
no, we won't every single day and every single moment have complete satisfaction but that is because of us-
we will still have days that we think we can do it all and we don't hand over control to god--
those are the days of fear and anxiety.
so, the next day you start over:
you get up,
renew your mind with the verse above in proverbs,
and relinquish your tiny bit of authority.
you give it all to god.
and he is ever ready to start that continual protection again with abundant life-
and his love-
it is pretty amazing.
*you might be asking,
"Why the pic of the puppy?"
because he's cute?! LOL LOL