My son Ty and I have a bedtime ritual. One of us declares how much we love the other one. Then, of course, being the competitive family we are….we try to “out do” each other.
Ty: I love you more than all the frogs in the world.
Me: I love you more than all the frogs and all the lizards in the world.
Ty: Oh yeah? Well I love you more than all the frogs, lizards and geckos in all the world.
( and since I hate to lose)
Me: I love you more than all the spots on all the warts on all the reptiles in all the world!
I adore this game with him. I love watching his face as he trys to dream up the unfathomable depths of his 11 year old mind. And, it constantly reminds me of just how deep and wide God’s love is for me. No matter how much I love my family – God loves me more. No matter how passionate I am about my husband – God is more passionate about me. No matter how excited I am about my dreams and goals – God is more excited to see me use the skills and talents he gave me in the pursuit of those goals.
The ONLY way to express how much I love Him back is to offer my whole self to Him in complete worship and devotion….and you know what? I STILL wouldn’t win the game. God ALWAYS loves me more.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. -Paul (Romans 12:1)