THIS. Oh the TRUTH. Love isn't a feeling it's a decision. A choice when the feeling is gone and life is hard and ugly and scary. This kind of Love is what remains when when you have nothing left of the dreams—this is the choice that says, "I promised. And you're worth keeping promises for."
Matt Chandler (born June 20, 1974) is the lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church, a Southern Baptist church in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the President of the Acts 29 Network. Chandler's first book, The Explicit Gospel, was released in 2012 and co-authored by Jared Wilson. In it he explains what the Gospel is and how it has been misunderstood.
To overcome our brokenness we must realize that we have to be healed by a power greater than ourselves. If we look only to ourselves, we will be not be able to make the journey from brokenness to wholeness. Jesus will not impose His healing upon us. We must make the decision to turn to Him for healing.
I think you're starting to Lord. I know I lost myself for a while and didn't give you many reasons to truly love me. You taught me many great lessons during that time, and helped me to see what's important and what really means most. I'm getting better, and I serve you now. I invite you to use me as you so please.