All you need
We all know the famous song that recites… "All you need is love". Agreed, love is very important and necessary to a life well lived. But I would dare to take that one step further; All you need is God! God IS love and so much more. It’s as if we are 'doubling down' the saying by grasping this simple truth.
God is understanding: He knows that we are imperfect and fail Him every day. But He loves us even still. He understands the effect our childhood has had on us, our family dynamic, when we have been victimized, the loss we’ve experienced, the physical pain we’ve endured, the imperfect thoughts that ravage our minds and the myriad of mistakes we have made. He knows the desires of our heart and still longs to give us the best life has to offer. (Deuteronomy 31:8, Romans 8:28-29)
God is patient: He sees our struggle both internal and external and He waits for us to return to Him with open arms. As humans, our nerves can teeter on the edge and our patience tends to run thin at times quite quickly- even when we just drive down the road. But God waits for us patiently and lovingly, waiting for us to come back to His ways. When we shut Him out of our lives, it surely hurts Him, but He remains steadfast and patient with us always. (2 Peter 3:9)
God is forgiving: When we return to Him, He is right there waiting with arms wide open. He does not forgive as we do, as He is not an imperfect human. (We must continually remind ourselves not to put Him on our level.) He forgives completely and does not keep record of our wrongs. He only asks for our repentance and our willingness to submit fully to him. (Matthew 6:14, Ephesians 4:32, Isaiah 43:25)
God is merciful: God promises us NEW mercy every day! God never lies, so we can take this promise to the bank! When we wake up, we can choose to continue down the rabbit hole of yesterdays mistakes or we can start fresh, ask for His mercy and try again. He does not expect perfection, just a willing and repentant heart. (Lamentations 3:22-23, Ephesians 2:4, Hebrews 4:16)
God is justice: Only God has the ability and power to right the wrongs done to us and by us. We must have faith in his ability and His perfect timing and submit fully to His perfection. He can and will make things right. (Isaiah 30:18-19, Ecclesiastes 3:17)
God is truth: We live in a world in which we are constantly bombarded by lies, manipulation and corruption. Sometimes we just don’t know what to believe. We can rest assured that all things inspired by God are truthful and right. This includes the Bible. (John 14:6, James 1:18, John 1:14, John 17:17)
These are just a few of the attributes of our awesome Father and Creator! What I know for sure is that with God ANYTHING is possible. With God, we all stand a better chance. With God, we are never alone. God will never walk away from a willing and repentant heart, regardless of the mistakes we make. With God on our side, joy is available to us all. (Nehemiah 8:10)
If God is all you have; you have all you need!
(Special thanks to my son Brian in Hawaii, who allows me to add scriptures and sayings to his beautiful pictures)