DEEP

It’s the end of one year, the beginning of another. The time for resolutions. Some cliché, some specific, all with the goal of improvement. I’m not usually one for resolutions. This year, I have chosen one word to use as my mantra for the year:

Deep.

I feel like my main desire is to be more intentional in my relationships. To seek deeper friendships and to strengthen my reliance and trust in God. I want to go deeper. I want to be truer.

Depth is often overlooked in our world of fast-paced communication. We barely skim the surface of the people we consider friends and we rarely share our true selves. We simply don’t have time. But I want to make time. People are incredibly important.

Some songs and quotes have really spoken to me recently and I want to use them as reminders for my greater calling.

The first is a song that continues to break my heart: “Oceans” by Hillsong. I remember hearing it for the first time at Challenge and praying these words:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

In Matthew 13, in the parable of the sower, we are warned that the seeds which failed to grow deep roots withered under the sun. I don’t want to whither under the heat. I want to live deeply.

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:7, NLT

I want to grow in Christ and build my life on Him. I also want to draw closer.

“So pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper
I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart
Cause Your love is so much sweeter
Than anything I’ve tasted
I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart”

(“Closer” by Bethel Live)

God’s love is incredibly sweet. His heart is full and bursting with love and compassion. But we aren’t supposed to simply receive, we are asked to pour out His love to others, filling them up with joy.

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I want to live under God’s call and guidance. I want to go deeper. I want to work towards satisfying the world’s deep hunger. I want to go further than my feet could ever wander.

So, my dear friends, I am asking for your help as well. Help me go deeper. Help my love be truer and my relationships stronger.

Deep. 2014.