My tattered Bible from college shows it underlined with a heart drawn in the margin. It's not just a verse I know. It's a verse I want to live.
Yesterday I heard a song that echoes this sentiment. "Let my life be the proof of Your love."
The verses speak straight from my heart:
If I sing but don't have love
I waste my breathe with every song
I bring, an empty voice
A hollow noise
I have said it before, but if it ever becomes about me, then I pray He takes it away. If I sing without communicating His love, every note is wasted. I am nothing but an empty voice without His love living through me.
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don't have love
I leave a bitter taste
With every word I say
I've been a keynote speaker, presenter, writer, blogger...but without His love in my life, my words only leave a bitter taste to all who hear. Oh I pray it isn't true of me!
I fall. I fail. I mess up. I sin. I hurt people. I am hurt by people. Over and over I have to take this back to the altar. Again and again I have to confess before the Lord. I'm ashamed to admit that too often I can seem to say just the right thing at just the right time, but it may not always be the proof of my life.
This isn't about whether or not people are moved by my songs; or if my blogs bring inspiration; or if my words offer encouragement. Those results may come separate and a part from who I am and the life I live. No, this is about the proof that I want to be found in me - living as an example of Him and His love. Demonstrating His goodness in my life. Echoing His praise with my voice. Delivering words that I don't just speak but I follow.
Yes, today I am praying Psalm 119:175 and seeking to live that I may praise Him. Today I am singing the words from the cry of my heart praying my life will be the proof of His love. I assure you - I will stumble. But His word assures me that His laws will sustain me. That's a Bible verse I'm not just quoting; it's one I'm seeking to live!
Proof of Your Love