Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! (I hope you made adequate preparations…or you might be at 7-11 buying a heart-shaped Reese Peanut butter cup for your special someone!) In light of this momentous occasion, I have been thinking a lot about love, how we express it, and how we know what love is. As a follower of Jesus, I believe I have the best example of love in God, who himself is love…he is love in perfection (1 John 4:8).
An Unexpected Gift
Sometimes God shows us a glimpse of his unmerited love for us. It can happen in many ways, but today it was quite specific and came in the form of a spin bike.
If you aren’t someone who regularly exercises, a spin bike is a stationary exercise bike that closely resembles the feeling of being on a road bike. And I really like to spin. I watch tv when I spin and it’s how I get my exercise at home when I can’t make it to the gym. I have a spin bike that I purchased from Kijiji last summer, but it never fit me well from day one. Often I dreamt of a particular bike that would fit me better and help me shed the added weight from all the donuts around the office!
Then I got the call. Someone from our church had a new spin bike that just didn’t fit them. They tried to sell it, but no buyers came out of the woodwork. Curiously, my name kept coming to their mind. They reached out, asked if I wanted it, and I was there! When I picked it up from them I was blown away…it was exactly the kind of bike I wanted, and they were able to get a hot deal on the exact bike they wanted. It was just a glimpse of God’s love…he cares about every aspect of our lives, even little stuff like exercise equipment preferences!
God’s Love for North Pointe
As a church, we have seen God pour his love out on us in many unexpected ways. We have a great location, facility and some of the best people you could ever want to hang around with! We have seen God answer prayers, big and small, and in a day and age when many churches are losing their influence, God has shown us favor and has drawn people who are far from him our way. This is God’s love for us.
His love is amazing.
God’s Love Through North Pointe
Just as I was on the receiving end of an amazing gift today, I want to be the kind of person that pours into the lives of others. I don’t want to only be on the receiving end of blessing, I want to be able to bless people with my time, talent, attention and finances. And as we do this together, I know that God will continue to bless us at North Pointe.
Right now there are many in our church and community that are struggling financially. Layoffs, downsizing and lack of work have put a lot of stress on individuals and families. In times like these, we can hold tight to what we have, or we can look to God who is the source of every good and perfect gift.
We are in the middle of what we call our 3-Month Tithe challenge. If you have never tithed (given 10%) before, I want to encourage you to begin today. There is no better time than now. If you come to the end of three months and determine that it’s not working, we will simply refund your money. No questions asked. You have nothing to lose and a world of blessing to gain. Click here to find out more.
God is love. God gave. Let’s follow his lead and continue to make a difference to those in our reach, near and far.
Happy Valentine’s Day!