I grew up with a family that possessed a passionate love for baking. From as early as I can remember Saturday mornings would often be filled with the sight of shiny measuring cups littering the kitchen counters; flour filling the grout in-between the tiles. I always knew that a measuring cup, if it was a 1 cup scoop would hold 1 cup worth of flour. That's easy. That is measurable.
Lately, I've been thinking about things that are immeasurable. The ocean. God's love.
Scripture: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Ephesians 3:20-21
I've spent so much of my life praying for things that are measurable. That feel safe. Things like good health, a safe job, that I can love others. These are good prayers, but they don't take a lot of faith for me to pray them. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Faith is complete trust. What if we prayed in faith? What if we prayed boldly?
God, whom we follow, pray to, worship, preach about, etc... is the same God that raises dead to life, walked on water, heals people, and changes people's hearts. God is capable of doing far more than all I could ask or imagine. So what would be a big prayer? What if we prayed to end world hunger, to find cures for cancer, to stop aids, to end wars, for spiritual turnaround in people's lives, for families to be healed? Those would be bold prayers. In order for one of those things to become reality it would take far more than I can imagine. However, if I don't even have enough faith to pray for those things to happen then why would I ever hope to see them become reality?
Sometimes we can dream big, but its another thing to put big dreams to action. Last night at youth group I presented the idea that "what if every person in Point Loma and Ocean Beach could know the Love of God this year?" There was just a little bit of hesitation as students waited for me to tell them it was impossible. But I didn't. I was dead serious. As I continued boiling that down, what if every person in the youth group decided to intentionally love 5 people well this year? Then if those 5 people loved 5 people who loved 5 people who loved 5 people....all of a sudden it isn't just 1 person loving 5 people, there are 3,000 people! It ripples. It grows. It becomes immeasurable.
Who are 5 people you can love intentionally this year?
Live and pray boldly today, and everyday.