But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
My husband and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage in a few months. It has been a crazy, amazing journey and one I wouldn’t change for anything. We met in high school and now have been together for longer than we were ever apart. We have learned a lot about each other in the last 25 years. I know the color of his eyes ( green) and the color of his hair (slightly grey now), his favorite kind of music (funk), and his favorite kind of food (BBQ). But knowing those things doesn’t really indicate that I fully know my husband. It indicates that I know about him. Really knowing him has come from actively seeking to know what makes him tick – what brings him joy and what pulls at his heart. It has meant making it a daily practice to learn what makes him get out of bed in the morning and what drives the decisions he makes.
Part of God’s dream for us is that we would know Him. But not just about Him or in a surface relationship kind of way. He wants us to know His heart for us and the world. He wants us to make it a daily practice of learning what brings Him joy and what breaks His heart. He desires for us to know and experience the sacrifice of His love in ways that makes everything else pale in comparison. To know the fullness of His love.