Perfect Love

An act of love prompted by guilt isn’t really love at all. It’s selfishness, to ease the guilt we’re experiencing.

But real love isn’t selfish. It’s selfless, putting the well-being of the other person ahead of our own feelings or well-being. This cannot be accomplished through guilt, because of the way guilt-based motives are inherently self-focused; meaning, the focus of this “act of love” inevitably becomes us, ourselves, instead of the the person we’re supposed to be helping/loving.

Love also can’t be accomplished through fear. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.Black and White Graph

Prefer Others

Prefer others over yourself.

Die to yourself daily, that you may truly live.

It’s simple, but it’s not always easy….

Glitter Waves

The waves gather morning sunlight until they look like shiny, golden tubes rolling upon the shore. As the foamy water breaks apart, the light scatters across the sand like a plume of gold glitter before dissolving into the wet earth.

I’ve never seen this effect before. Could it be the black volcanic soil of this beach? Maybe it’s the Caribbean sun. Whatever the case, it’s beautiful–God’s artwork in nature.

Written January 2014
on the beach in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico

All that Saves

A warm wind blows
Her warm blonde hair
Waving, washing
If you dare
A wave that washes
Over me
A pale black night
A memory
A scent that makes it
All come back
A warmth that crushes
Tit-for-tat
A surge that brushes
‘Gainst her mind
That rushes through
The sands of time
And in that moment
Stillness reigns
A Savior’s love
Is all that saves

Music is My Sanctuary

Music is my sanctuary. It lifts me up, as high as the clouds in the sky, and takes me on a journey — a breathtaking flight — I can never quite describe, only feel. And I do. Sure as the blood that courses through my veins, I do.

I feel music like a second heartbeat in my body.

– written October 23, 2011
when I was searching for meaning
in my life through the lyrics of songs
(hint: it was a bumpy ride) 😉

Twilight in the Forest