Band of Horses has a song titled, "No One's Gonna Love You." The chorus, hook, whatever you want to call it says, "But/And no one is ever gonna love you more than I do. No one's gonna love you more than I do." I am not even sure what sparks this thought in me this morning, but there are times when those closest to you will tell you how awesome you are, how much they love you, encourage you, and speak nothing but life into you and around you. Yet, they will speak to others about you with the utmost disrespect, share your secrets and weaknesses with absolute derision and contempt. How many of you have ever shared your entire being with folks, only to have them put it out into the streets? To take the matters and struggles of another's life or heart and share with irrelevant others accomplishes what? Other than a broken trust and an automatic add to their heart's "Do Not Call List"? We've all been guilty of it at different points in our lives and some of us are guilty of it, this very day. If someone considers you their safe zone and refuge, please honor and respect that, simply by being who they believe you to be. This goes for friendships, serious relationships, marriages, and any other connection between persons involving trust and confidentiality.
Well, there is a scripture that comes to mind as I explore this random thought today: "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home." What I've come to realize and learn over the past twenty years of my life is that people are flawed and simply human, capable of mistakes and many other things. We often put more stock in the possibility of perfection in people, than we do in the One perfect being. We allow what people think, feel and say, to dictate how we carry ourselves. We have to decide who it is we serve and live accordingly. We have to find our purpose and calling, then act accordingly. We can't allow broken trust, betrayal, ridicule, or even the disbelief of folks to dictate our lives and actions.
God speaks to us in the same language as Band of Horses in the aforementioned song, "No one's gonna love you more than I do!" Jesus understood this and did not allow the lack of belief and faith in His hometown to stop Him from performing miracles and healing those in need. As a kid, I used to question how people could be so mean, disrespectful, and contemptuous toward Christ, after all the good He did. Well, with the acceptance of truth, comes conviction and accountability. Some of us would rather silence the truth, so that we can continue to justify our chosen living and actions in whatever ways the world accepts. In this day and age, everything BUT the truth is highly acceptable to the world. So, the easy route is to live without integrity; to do as everyone else is doing; to go with the flow of a capricious society.
Anyway, I am not sure who this message is meant for but I pray that it is heard by the hearts and souls who need it. God is our refuge! God is our Guide! God loves us more and in ways no human can! Understand that people, even our loved ones, will let us down at times, but don't allow it to throw you off course. Keep on keeping on toward your purpose and calling. NOTHING can stop you, except your own foot being applied to the brake! God LOVES you!
The one true ROCK:
"Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me." -Psalm 31:3-
"Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." - Psalm 62:2-
"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge." -Psalm 62:7-
"Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress." -Psalm 71:3-
"The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." -Psalm 92:15-
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams