Graham teaches that we are the much-loved children of God. As I began the journey of TWC, I started listening to Becoming the Beloved over and over again, just letting the words soak into my mind, my heart, my spirit. I would play the CD while driving and notice that the burdens and stresses of life quickly dissipated as I focused on being the Beloved of Christ. Graham has such an anointing of peace that fills your car, your room as you listen to his teachings.
Learning who I was created to be, discovering how He sees me started with knowing I am loved by God. Not just the “Jesus loves me” feeling of “OK, yea, He likes me,” sense but in a way that surpassing all comprehension. The Father’s love is deeper than oceans, higher than clouds, it’s mind-boggling. Once I had a tiny handle on how much He loved me, I realized I needed that knowledge, that in-filling of His Love so that I could pour it out on those around me. Being filled with Love enabled me to shift atmospheres, to bring peace with me wherever I went, to just love on others. I began to see people as He sees them and see that, really, they just need to know how much they are loved by Papa. I went to India on a mission trip and just wanted to hug every person in our worship services because I felt His love for them. One of the team members told me I had a hugging ministry, that people were healed just from a hug. Since then, I have actually noticed baggage (as Graham calls it) being removed when I hug friends.
People just need a glimpse of His Love and their lenses will start to change. I realized He meant for me to show them His Love. I was filled with His Love so I could Love others. Sarcasm, cynicism, frustration with others started melting away and a state of kindness and gentleness emerged as I began walking in Love and sought Him in every situation. I am still working on completing that transformation; I have my moments still, but I have begun to see others changing because I changed and I help them to see how much they are Loved.
If you are interested in checking out Becoming the Beloved, you can check it out here.