“Give away love like you’re made of it”- Bob Goff
I saw this quote and immediately imagined the almighty Potter sitting at a wheel molding his masterpiece. With sweat, tears of joy, laughter, and an intense focus, he was molding love, with love, to be love that loves.
“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand” (Isa. 64:8).
I remember playing with clay as a child. I loved to roll it, smash it, and try to mold it into something recognizable. Inevitably, I would get frustrated or bored and walk away from my work only to later find it dried out and cracked—useless. The thing about clay is that it needs to stay wet. The potter must keep working it, molding and wetting it until it resembles the artist’s vision.
Our Great Potter makes vessels intended to hold water and pour it out. A delivery system of love. In order to fulfill our purpose, we first must be molded and fired. It’s a process full of love and the key is to remain. I often get impatient and tend to pull away, thinking I am good to go on my own. I may hold water, I may even be able to dispense it, but ultimately, if I do not remain near my Creator, the cracks will show and my efforts will fail.
We are made with love, by love, for the purpose of love. It’s his love that fills us with joy.
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! (John 15:9, 11).