What I regret most about my youth is all the time I spent searching in all the wrong places for perfect love. My greatest desire was to have a handsome, rich, kind, successful, Christian man to love me. However, instead of building my relationship with Christ to attract perfect love, I focused on my physical attributes. I thought if I could be pretty, popular, athletic, successful, and have the right material possessions that I could attract the right man.

Boy, oh boy, I worked hard! In high school, I got up at 0400 to work in a bakery before the school day started. In college, I always worked a minimum of two to three jobs and took between 15-24 hours of classes per semester. I was determined to have as many of the nice things that the popular kids did so that I could be loved and accepted. Out of guilt, I sporadically went to church. I never spent time with God because I didn’t know HE was the ONLY source of perfect love. Because I failed to make Him real in my life I never understood the reality that the friends I attracted by improving my looks, possessions and status were all searching for the same love I was. Sadly, it took me over 25 years to discover this truth.

The Bible says: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬) http://bible.com/59/mat.6.33.esv. “All these things” includes love. Once I began to seek God and His will, I found His perfect love. Now, His love is sunshine and water to the talent He planted within me. His love makes me blossom and shine for His glory! Oh, how much I missed as a youth! Now, I know that His love gives me value and fills my great desire for perfect love. I never want to stray from Him and live without it!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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