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Dreaming, true love and service (2003-02-25 - 4:32 p.m.)

It's been a while since I made an entry. I have been contemplating stopping, especially since I have no way of knowing if anyone else is even reading these (I'm not a Gold Member). But it is a handy way to keep my journal and it saves hard drive space on my computer. So I guess I'll keep it up as long as it is free. I have had a rough few days. And the weather is really bad here today. Keep in mind, this is Texas. We have a several inch thick sheet of solid sleet covering everything in sight, including the streets. It is taking people about twice as long to get anywhere today. Getting to work and back last night was gut-wrenching.

Watched "Simone" last night. I like it. It was a really entertaining movie, although there was a little too much "speechifying" by Pacino, and, like, who couldn't see that he was going to get accused of murdering the world's most famous actress?? A little too predictible at that point. But, otherwise, it was a good flick.

Got some catching up to do in My Utmost, so here goes. *read, read, read*...

Chambers speaks about dreaming. It is ok to dream about something, until it is time to take action. Once we are told to do something, then it ceases to be okay to dream. "If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is an indication that we do not trust Him."

Have you ever been carried away in love? "If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all." "There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him. Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness; we are greatly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, fearful, lest we offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God."

Regarding service..."The mainspring of Paul's service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men."

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