The One-Minute Love Walk

Do you have trouble walking in love? When that crazy driver cuts you off in traffic or that co-worker blows the team project, do you find yourself reacting in anger, impatience, and unkindness instead of responding in love, patience, and kindness?  If so, I’d like to suggest to you a simple practice that, if applied, will turn your life around.  It’s called the One-Minute Love Walk.

Okay. Lest you think I’m being totally unrealistic, listen up.  There is an old saying that goes like this:  “Inch by inch, anything’s a cinch; yard by yard, it’s hard.”  This saying applies perfectly to walking in love. If we look at the prospect of walking in love every single minute of every single day, we may feel overwhelmed and think it’s impossible.  But if we look only at the next minute and determine that we are going to love for only the next minute, then the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

So, how does this  work?  It’s a simple two-step process:

1) Decide that everything you think, say, and do for the next minute only you will think, say, and do motivated only by love.

2) When you’ve succeeded to walk in love for an entire minute, move on  to the next minute and decide to do the same thing.

By the time you put your head on your pillow at night, you will have walked in love for several hours. What’s more, you will feel good that you have obeyed Christ’s command to “love one another” (John 13:34).

Walking in love is a command.  But it is a command we can keep only by staying in close relationship with Jesus Christ. The truth is that we cannot love without Jesus because it is Jesus Who actually loves others through us. We are simply the conduits of His love. The more we abide in Him, the more easily we will love others.

There is nothing in the universe greater than love. In fact, Scripture tells us that God is Love (I John 4:8).  Love is the very essence of God’s nature.

So, the next time the enemy tempts you to react out of fear instead of love, stop and take a deep breath. Then determine that for the next minute only, you will walk in love. As you do this day after day, you will notice that your life is being transformed to one of great peace and joy.

Questions: 1) Why do you think people fail to respond in love?  Why is fear considered the opposite of love? How will walking in love change your life? You may leave a comment by clicking here.  To receive these blog posts in your emailbox, please click here.
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Copyright 2015 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

The Audience of One

Writer, for whom are you writing? The answer to that question will determine the content of your writing, the purpose of your writing, and the destiny of your writing.

As believers, our paradigm of purpose centers totally and only on Jesus Christ. We write for Him, about Him, in Him, and through Him. Every word that flows through our fingers–whether via the pen or the keyboard–must exalt Him and Him alone. He is the Beginning, the End, and Everything in between.

Too often we are tempted to write for our own glory, but His way and His will are that we write for His glory. He alone is worthy of all glory, all honor, and all praise.  For out of Him comes our writing gift, and to Him that gift must be consecrated. Without Him, we have no writing gift.  With Him, our writing gift is sanctified and given meaning and influence.

So be filled with joy at the great privilege that is ours. The privilege of writing for King Jesus and for His Kingdom.

When all is said and done, we write for an Audience of One.

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Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All rights reserved.

(Attitude) The Audience of One

stressEverywhere I turn, I see us writers frenetically promoting, promoting, promoting. I am often amazed that we ever find time to write. While we must certainly address the business side of promoting our writing, at times I wonder if we are overdoing it or handling it all wrong.

Please allow me to offer a few thoughts on the topic:

1) Scripture tells us that promotion comes from the Lord (Psalm 75:6-7). No matter how much we may strive to promote ourselves, we will fall flat on our faces if God is not in it. 

2) Scripture tells us that unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it (Psalm 127:1).  No matter what fancy strategies we use to promote ourselves and our books, we will fall flat on our faces if God is not in it.

3) Scripture tells us that pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).  No matter how great our books are or how sleek our marketing campaign is, if we are not doing all in obedience to God and for His glory, we will fall flat on our faces.

Our purpose as writers on this earth is to exalt Jesus Christ, not ourselves. Our purpose as writers on this earth is to glorify God in all that we write and in all that pertains to our writing. Our purpose as writers on this earth is, ultimately, to please one Person only, the greatest of all Authors–our God in the Persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Will you join me today in taking stock of your writing life? I don’t know about you, but I need to do some repenting.

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