The Deeper Yes


One of my very favorite pieces of StoryPeople art by Brian Andreas  is a print called A Real Hero which muses, “Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.”

Every time I read that verse of prose, my heart is reminded of the deeper yes.

There are many ways that we as Christians attempt to live for God. We may sincerely say yes to denying selfish desires. We may say yes to making our best effort to live holy. We may say yes to keeping whatever religious rules we have embraced, but yet there is a deeper yes.

Living from the deeper yes means living from a place of a relationship of love. More and more, I see the Scripture through the lens of relationship. In the beginning, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. There were no walls. They lived in intimacy, both with each other and with God.

You know the story. Sin entered. Christ came to redeem us from the curse, and now we are on a journey to discover how to live once again in the power of relationship.

When we experience the overwhelming love of God, our hearts can give the deeper yes, the yes that comes from being overtaken by God’s love.  Such an experience allows us to let go of our fears and give love back to God because we are so amazed by His love for us.

From this deeper yes, we can also love others deeply, from the heart (1 Peter 1:22). In truth, it is this deeper yes that allows us to love the world all over again every day.

It is the yes that comes from having experienced God’s love that empowers us to live in freedom, knowing that we are accepted by Him.

How do we move from living from a place of obligations and rules to living from a deeper place, a deeper yes to God’s Spirit within us?

I believe that moving from a place of surface living and loving to a place of the deeper yes involves a process of pursuing intimacy in our marriages, families, and communities of faith.

Let me tell you, it’s risky. It’s scary. It’s a vulnerable place because living and loving from a deeper yes means that we give of ourselves and our very heart to those around us. It means we can be hurt and disappointed, yet it also means that we can experience a depth of relationship and freedom which we’ve never known before.

Will you say yes to going deep? To loving the world all over again today?

The grace of God will meet your heart as you offer a deeper yes. 

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  1. Ginger says:

    Ooh, this is a good post Mikki. You are forever challenging us to reach further.

  2. Miska says:

    Hi, Mikki~
    Thanks for the comment you left on my blog! Such kind words. I like your blog. You seem like the kind of woman I’d like to have a nice, long conversation over coffee with. =)

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