I, Jason, collected a series of Facebook posts from my Dad, Lloyd’s page. He hashtagged each one #awonderfullife I found them to be full of joy and grace and wanted to collect them in one place and share them with you. Praying grace and wonder over you today!
Every life on this planet is in part a revelation of the creativity, diversity, and symmetry in the heart of God and an ever-expanding canvas paraphrase of the gospel!
Can I see and love what Papa sees and loves in every other person today?
The Incarnation, Christ in us!
There is not a life on this planet that Christ has not identified with.
Every life has value and purpose!
Every life is at home in Him!
We all are family!
And without each and every life, the rest of us will be deficit in the whole love story!
When Christ died, He died humanity‘s death, so that in Him humanity could find their truest life!
To see everyone in the value that God has placed in them, and be a catalyst in their self-discovery, yes, that is the whole point of life!
To say, “I love God and hate or disregard my neighbor,” is an oxymoron! It’s an impossibility! A lie!
Recognizing and appreciating every human being as a child of God is not only at the heart of Christianity, but the truest definition of Christianity;
That we all are participants in this Holy dance with Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
As Jesus was contemplating His death and return to the Father, He declared “I am going to prepare a place for you and you and you, in Father‘s heart.”
There is not only a vacuum in every heart for God but a vacuum in Papa‘s heart for you and every person before and after you, a divine place for each and every one of us! An intimate place in the family where you and only you belong!
In Abba’s huge heart there is a distinct and unique place for you.
A place no other can enter.
As a uniquely and wonderfully designed individual, there’s your own abiding place to which you alone are in-vited!
It is also a place from which you alone have a perspective, uniquely yours on the heart of Abba. That place is the source of your spark!
Oh, and that is your purpose. To reveal and declare in words and in your life, the identity, beauty, and wonder of that unique perspective.
A place which no other can enter, and a place from which only you can contribute.
Abba’s pleasure is in you!
And your life is complete in Him!
Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world.
It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out at last and dance, and the elder brothers finally take their fingers out of their ears ~ Robert Farrar Capon
What a high calling!
What an opportunity!
Our mission on earth- to see and celebrate each and everyone in their true value!
We are family; We ALL belong!
And this is what makes it easy to love!
#awonderfullife / Dancing boys by Ayhan Özkan
My prayer for this year is that people that I run into, bump into, friend or foe, feel valued… because that is our Father in heaven; on earth…
In the context of family, (identity, security, and belonging), love flows.
Oh, and there is no resistance that can stand against that kind of love.
What is the point of the gospel?
A few people pray a prayer, avoid hell and get to go to heaven?
We get to have thousands of Christian labels, clubs, cliques, and societies?
We get to rule the world someday?
Or is it love; that our neighbors get to know their Papa and discover their wonderful life!
Love you, Lloyd
Lloyd Clark is an entrepreneur, a former pastor, and a writer. He is passionate about being loved by our Heavenly Father and revealing that same love to everyone he meets. He and his wife Mary have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in North Carolina.