Can’t Fake It

I love you more than tongue can tell

“I love you more than tongue can tell.” – Robin Bush * (Spoken to her father, President George H.W. Bush, shortly before she died of Leukemia as a little girl Oct. 11, 1953)

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out. “Lord Save me.” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” – Matthew 14:30-31

Alone: “isolated and lonely” – New Oxford American Dictionary

Fake it till you make it. So many people have said it. So many do it every day. And there is in fact a little wisdom to it. Because no one is perfect and we all know it. We know better than anyone that we are not what we want to be. We know that we are not what others are looking for. So we have to fake it. And then there’ s God. Our relationship with Him. Our love for Him. And then there’s God… And we know we can’t fake it anymore. We read 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” We see the fear in us and we realize our love isn’t perfect. And we can’t fake it anymore. Because God sees to the heart of us. We know it and we begin to fear. For a moment out there on the lake Peter’s love was perfected and he too walked on the water with Christ. But then He sank. And so we sink too. The winds and the waves of life cause fear and anxiety to rise. If only we could always have the response of Peter when we’re sinking. “Lord save me.” Because it’s with that request that Jesus reached out to Peter and reaches out to us. Ready and able to save. The power is not in us. The perfection isn’t within ourselves. If perfect love casts out fear, we realize we don’t have perfect love. Because we definitely fear. But we aren’t left alone. 1 John 14:19 says “We love because He first loved us.” And with those words we are comforted, because that love doesn’t come from trying harder. It doesn’t come from faking it. We’ll never make it faking it with God. It comes, like everything else, from God. Peter’s buoyancy on that lake, the love we feel in our hearts, the outstretched arm of Jesus. They come from God. If ever we’re waining, if ever we’re doubting, if ever we’re full of fear; let God love. Just let Him love you. Let that feeling of His love wash over you. Let the tears of love fall. He loves you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He loves you more. You are not alone.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

*  “41 A Portrait Of My Father” – George W. Bush – pg. 55

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