Have you seen my Love That Amazes tagline? “Know your value. Live with purpose. Make a difference.” Catchy, isn’t it?
When I decided on those three little sentences as a sort of verbal mascot for the mission of Love That Amazes, I just liked how they sounded. I had no idea that God would eventually use them to show me just how very, very backwards I had been living my own life.
| STORY OF AN UNDERDOG |
When I started writing as an outreach that I called Love That Amazes—and picked out my nifty little slogan—I had reached the point where I just couldn’t take the enemy’s lies for another day. (That part I had gotten right.) That scoundrel we call the devil had been telling me for years—even back into my childhood—that I was about as unloved and unseen as anyone could possibly be, and if I had looked in the dictionary for the word “underdog,” I would have found my own picture next to the definition.
So I started Love That Amazes to take him on. I was tired of his lies, and because I was certain he was lying to others, too, I felt led to make it my mission to spread God’s Love That Amazes. (That’s pretty catchy, too, isn’t it?)
Thankfully, along the way, I was working on a project that required me to look at my tagline again. And that’s when God showed me that I had the words right; I just wasn’t living them out in the right way.
I was going about my days and living out my own catchy catchphrase in the wrong order.
No matter how much I had learned about God’s love and the grace Jesus died to give me, I was still getting things backwards. Rather than really letting God show me my true value—value that is given to me solely because I am His child in Christ—I was still trying desperately to increase my value by what I was doing. Rather than knowing my value, letting that value point me to my purpose, and joyfully using my purpose to make a difference, I was doing life the other way around.
I was living as though I needed to somehow learn enough, be enough, and do enough so I could feel valued.
Granted, I was learning and being and doing what could be considered very “right” things, but then one of those "right" projects I was working on hit a rather large snag. And I wasn’t going to be allowed to move forward another inch until God made sure I heard something. This something: “Hey. Not that way. This way.”
| BACKWARDS SET RIGHT AGAIN |
“You’re just giving them more rules,” I heard Him saying in my heart. “They don’t need more rules. You’re showing them how to have a purpose and make a difference, but you’ve got their value too far down on the list. They’re valuable to Me first. They’re loved first. Show them that. Don’t do anything else until you can show them that. And, by the way, you’ll never be able to really show them that until you know that for yourself.”
Talk about a mission—and heart—check.
| THE SONG BEHIND THE NAME |
So that day, when that project I had been working on—when the tens of thousands of words of a Bible study I had been writing—got put on a shelf, Love That Amazes really became about His love that amazes. And the song that helped me name my ministry, I Stand Amazed in the Presence, became more than just a song that I grew up singing in my real-live, little white country church; it became a very real anthem.
| "GIVE IT AWAY" MISSION |
Love That Amazes exists for one purpose now: to help every person who comes my direction know they are valuable to God and loved by God.
They are so valuable and so loved that Jesus died on the cross for each and every one, so that if they will put their faith in what He did for them, they will never be apart from God, ever again. And once they know how valuable and loved they are, they are eventually going to know what their purpose is. And once they know their value and their purpose, there will be no stopping them when it comes to making a difference.
So whether I am writing a book or Bible devotional story or recording a “5 Minutes Closer” Podcast+ episode, I am doing all of it to show someone—however many someones God sends my way—that they are valuable and loved. And since He sent you my way, the someone that Love That Amazes is for is you.
That means I want you to know that you don’t need to earn or beg for your value; it’s there to be accepted. You don’t have to pay to know your value—that’s why all my resources are available as FREE downloads. I want you to be able to freely discover your value and open it up like a treasure chest you may have never known you have.
When you think about it, Jesus never sold a book or sold out a ticketed seminar to tell people about the Father’s love, and I won’t make that the only way I share what He’s given to me, either. You are too important to me.
So please feel free to look around, and help yourself to as many resources as you want. They are all free, thanks to friends who have decided to give to Love That Amazes. Those friends have helped out along the way, and they have made it possible for me to keep doing what I'm doing so you can get closer to Jesus without money being in your way. So please, make yourself at home. Settle in and stay for as long as you would like. You can even decide to have all the FREE resources come to you as soon as they are made available by signing up to be a Love That Amazes email subscriber.
You know, once upon a time I was told I needed to learn how to bribe. It's a sales and marketing tool, all about getting people to notice what it is you're selling. I was told if I was going to be all about getting people to pay attention to the things I had written, I needed to put an offer in front of them that they couldn't refuse. And, because I thought it would do some good (and sell a few books), I tried to do that. And I hated it. I felt like I was trying to market Jesus. But, not now. And never again. I will never hold Jesus hostage for payment. I will never have a "partners-only" inner circle. I won’t spin Him or bribe you. I won’t market Him or make a sales pitch to you. I’ll just give you Jesus.
And you can decide from there what you will do with Him.
It’s not as complicated as our enemy tries to make it. This whole being loved thing. When he says it is too simple to just believe that Jesus died for us because God loves us, that enemy of ours is lying. He wants us to have it backwards. He wants us to have it all messed up and all out of order. And that is why Love That Amazes is what it is, so we can know our value, live with purpose, and make a difference. And we can do it in that order. So take some time to look around. You are welcome here.
"I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean. How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be; How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!" (Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, 1905)
P.S. MY STORY WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT THESE MOMENTS. . .