Day 9 – 14 Day Love Challenge

I remember the first time my father-in-law called me son. Cathy and I were newly married, yet I still felt like an outsider to the family. My status changed, however, the moment my second dad laid claim to me. From that moment forward, I knew I was wanted, included, and loved.
John, Jesus’ Apostle, and close friend, described a similar feeling with respect to his relationship with God:
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children,
and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1, CEB).
Take a few moments to talk with your Abba (daddy). Relish in the knowledge there is nothing that can separate you from your heavenly Father’s love. (Five minutes.)
Now, consider the orphan. When I traveled to Uganda in 2008, I learned that any person, regardless of age, is considered an orphan if their mother or father is no longer living. Given such a description, many of us fall into this category.
However, many more people can be considered spiritually orphaned. For a variety of reasons, these individuals find themselves disconnected from their heavenly Father. Take the next few moments to ask that God reveal to you the name of one person who feels disowned and alienated from God.
Pray that God may reveal to this individual how much he or she is loved. Ask God for an opportunity to reach out and let this person know that you love them, as much as you would a brother or sister.