"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Walking in love has everything to do with being beloved children. Children who know that they are beloved are confident and capable, they are not timid or fearful. Having been a teacher for lots of years, I can tell you these children are easy to spot. children who feel safe in the love of a parent are different than others. They walk differently.
We are beloved children of God. Did you consider that when you rolled out of bed this morning? Does it make you walk differently? It can. It can change how you walk. Walking is so repetitive. It's the avenue we use to get us to so many places. Even if you go somewhere by car, you walked to get to the car. It isn't glorious or magnificent. It's everyday,ordinary, and mundane. That is what we are supposed to do in love, the everyday, ordinary, and mundane. We are to walk in love as Chirst loved us and gave himself up for us in the everyday, ordinary, and mundane.
Giving myself up in the everyday gets harder for me. Life takes it out of me so much that I don't feel I have anything left to give up for anyone. Children take, spouses take, friends take, time takes from us, but what if instead of feeling that life is taking from me, that my children, or spouse, or parents, etc..are taking from me, I saw it as giving. What if I changed my mindset from trying to save part of me as people continue to take, to a mindset of freely giving. Freely giving instead of feeling like things are being taken would change my walk in the everyday, ordinary, and mundane. There is only one way to walk in love as Christ loved. It's an everyday, ordinary step we take. When we roll out of bed, the first thing we do can determine how we walk that day. We can try to keep ourselves and feel like people are taking from us all day, or we can focus our eyes on God who says we are his beloved children. We can chose to let ourselves be loved and filled with Christ who gives himself, as much as we ask for , to us. We can walk in that love all day long knowing that anything we give out can be replaced from an abundant reserve. We can give and let it be a fragrant offering or we can stay self-centered and focus on what is being drained out of us rather the one who can fill us. How will you walk today?