“I just don’t want to disappoint Jennifer.” This was my husband’s statement as we looked at the clock: 1:30 AM. Our daughter had just called to tell us that they were on their way to the hospital—her water had broken. So, do we wait to hear more or go straight to the hospital?
As much as we talked about this little guy’s pending arrival, we didn’t really discuss what we would do. Who knows when he will arrive? The thought of sitting in a waiting room for hours didn’t sound too appealing; however, as we thought through the situation, I knew I wouldn’t sleep any more tonight!
That’s when her father made that statement. It was the deciding factor, and we were in the car in less than a half hour! Now, nearly six hours later, we are still waiting; however, I know we made the right choice. It wasn’t the easier of the two choices, neither was it the most comfortable; but we did not disappoint our daughter, and that made all the difference!
What if I apply that statement to my heavenly Father? What if I base my choices in life on this factor: I do not want to disappoint Him. Suddenly, everything becomes so much clearer—my focus is on His will, not mine. My desires become His desires! I choose where I go, what I do, how I react in light of His approval.
This may seem so elementary, but do you see the difference? Apply this to church attendance: I go to church to worship God; however, my driving force is not that the Bible commands us to attend church (Hebrews 10: 25), or that I don’t want to disappoint the pastor. The driving force is that I do not want to disappoint my dear Lord and Savior.
Some may think that to live in such a way is too restricting, constantly checking everything I do—looking over my shoulder, if you will, to be sure I’m pleasing God. But as I think back to this morning, those were none of our thoughts or feelings. Why? Because we love our dear daughter! And once again, I am reminded just how much difference love makes! Can I love Him enough? Can I seek His approval enough?
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
—O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
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Does focusing on your love for God help you in making tough choices?