We must learn to help and teach others with the same patience with which God helps and teaches us. It blows my mind to think about how many years God patiently helped and taught me while I dilly-dallied in the world and slogged along in the stubbornness of my own way. He gave me the priceless gift of salvation when I was young but it took me over 20 years to surrender my will to Him and commit my life to passionately pursuing Him! What did He do for my rebel heart during those 20 years? He blessed me with more material things than I could ever repay Him, He preserved my life and health, He gave me success, He gave me family and friends and He gave me good churches to build the the knowledge of His Word in my mind. During the entire 20 years that He was giving—I was taking—AND I failed to let His goodness touch my heart and change my life. Then, one day His goodness touched me and I realized that I’d been a complete fool to place any pursuit above Him. When God pursued me, He set the standard for me about how to love others. It is AMAZING that Almighty God searches to know each of us! “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psa. 139:1-3) Can I spend 20 years of my resources, time and energy doing for another what He did for me? Can I help, give and teach another who never gives back—for 20 years–in hopes that they will eventually see God’s goodness? Do I love others the way God loves me? When we fall in love with God, HE enables us to see the goodness and potential He created in another person because ALL people are made in His image. God’s love teaches us to “love as He loves and give as He gave.” (From the song, Surrender, by Kimberly Faith) The 20 years in which God patiently loved, helped and taught me is a continual reminder that I should do the same for others so that they may experience His goodness and be drawn to allow God to touch and change their heart and find complete satisfaction. When our life is His, we are not giving what is ours; we are giving what is His!