Distinguishing Between the Genuine and the Counterfeit

One day, my mom and I went to the store, came out and the vending machines were all out of regular Dr. Pepper. I think there might have been one real one left, and then she made the decision to try the Diet Dr. Pepper. They taste the same, right? Keep in mind, I'm pretty sure that my mom (in various seasons of her life) has survived on Dr. Pepper. She drinks a lot of it. She is very familiar with how the real stuff is supposed to taste. 

She took one sip of the diet Dr. Pepper and immediately regretted it. I took a sip (remember, it was a new and novel thing) and we both can attest to the fact that Diet Dr. Pepper is NOT the same as regular Dr. Pepper. When you've tasted the REAL thing, nothing else even compares!

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Choosing to Truly See the Overlooked Ones

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? You're faced with the unknowns of your situation, scared out of your mind wondering "how am I supposed to do this? God, do you see me?" These are the wrong moments for someone to come in and ask, "How are you?" as they walk away without hearing the answer. These are the wrong moments to be made to feel invisible. "God, do you see me? Do you see the unknowns of my situation? Only you know."

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When Our Motivation is Genuine Love

Have you ever noticed that Jesus is so motivated by love?

He came into this world out of love (John 3:16). He laid down his life for us out of love. He is slow to return out of love. He ate with sinners, healed the sick, delivered the oppressed, fed thousands, all out of love. His life teaches us that when we're motivated by love, we can truly impact the world.

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True Love's Strong Commitment to Loyalty

Ruth made a very strong commitment to loyalty. There is no mention of any regrets, in fact, the opposite is true. She lived up to her promises! She chose loyalty to Naomi and in return, God richly blessed her with a husband, a future, and a legacy. Even in her own lineage, God would bring forth the Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ!

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The Unexpected Transformation From Enemy to Ally

There's the promise "follow my lead and I will be with you." God doesn't call us to take journeys or steps without the provision of His presence. He doesn't call us and then leave us alone to walk in His calling in our own strength. When God calls us, He provides His presence and His strength.

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How the Choice to Love Benefits You

For being a month devoted to love, there's a lot of relationships it leaves out. Primarily, it leaves out all of the relationships that AREN'T romantic. What about love between friends? What about love between siblings? What about love between other family members (such as with a favorite aunt or uncle)? What about love towards God? So many relationships get overlooked, yet there's a TON that we can learn from those relationships!

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