I’m butt-in-chair writing for a February 10th deadline. Jerry Reed sings in my head, “We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there…”
But get there I will.
As I think of the new year, the first half already pregnant with deadlines and promises, I can’t leave a notion that’s been tapping my heart for the last few weeks.
A few weeks ago I was fast drafting the 3rd Royal Wedding book and hadn’t, still haven’t, completely connected emotionally yet.
As I pondered the heroine, Corina’s, struggle with the death of her brother, I heard her say (in my head,) “Did I love him well?”
My eyes filled with tears.
I thought of my brothers and sister, my parents, my husband, friends and family. Have I loved well?
In that moment the Lord enlarged my heart just a little bit more. Oh, I want to love well!
What does it matter if I get my way, or how I’m treated, or if every affection I’ve offered is returned? Have I loved well?
I wonder if that’s what the Lord will ask of me when I stand before Him?
Isn’t the Christmas season, the celebration of the birth of the Christ, and the hope of a new year, our highest example of loving mankind well? Very well.
Most religions are about mankind struggling to become like God or make their way to Him.
But the truth is He’s already made a way for us. By becoming like us. God in the flesh as a dependent, weak, human baby is the premier example of loving well.
Unto us, the angels said to the shepherds, a son has been given.
Unto us! You and me. It’s astounding when you think about it.
So as 2014 dawns, God is speaking to me about loving well. I tell you, it’s really impacting my heart and spreading joy.
I pray this year finds you all in a place of joy and peace.
We can’t always have what we want in life, but we can love well.
We can love like Jesus.
She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship for their annual conference. She was named ACFW 2013 Mentor of the Year.
She lives in Florida, where she is also a worship leader, with her husband and mini schnauzer.
Her novel, The Wedding Dress, was named Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year and is an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Her latest release, Once Upon A Prince, earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly.
Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com