1 Corinthians 14:1 paraphrased. Desire the special abilities the Spirit gives, but let love be your highest goal!
All through the prior week, Rick and I were anticipating and brainstorming about fun ways, creative ways, simple ways, generous ways, obedient ways, and on and on and on ways, to admonish ourselves and others towards "walking in love".
Now, in a moment of helplessness that was threatening my focus inward to self and to self pity, I had to make some adjustments.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 Love is patient and kind.
#1 Even in my compromised state there were countless ways I could walk in love.
Sending an "encouraging note" or a "thinking of you" message by way of text or phone call.
Speaking kindness. Smiling. Being present and showing thankfulness (instead of taking for granted) EVERYTHING EXTRA Rick was doing to pick up the slack around the house.
#2 We have become so good at "giving" love but what about "receiving" love. A little more than a week ago our conversation lend itself to how we would walk in love and be a demonstration of being and giving love---not for a minute thinking that God would reveal himself to us through amazing acts of love and kindness in return, as the recipient.
#3 Perhaps today, wasn't about a "physical action" at all.
Perhaps, it was first, about choosing a good attitude, a pure thought, a right heart.
When this happens first, the outflow of true, genuine and tangible demonstrations of "walking in love" are unstoppable.
I am eager for complete healing. I'm a get-er' done kind of gal. I'm a giver. I'm a doer. But for today I will be still. I will choose a good attitude, a right heart, and I will learn (all over again) how to be a good receiver.
No we never did complete our "fun, creative, how-to list of ideas" for "walking in love", rather you continued to write it for us, the amazing friends and family and community that we do life with.
Yes, as much as we teach you, you teach us. Thank you for your beautiful, sacrificial and heartfelt demonstrations of "walking in love." ( some are listed below).
Whether you are giving or receiving, take some time to add to it today, in context of your world and your circle of influence.
Because......1 Corinthians 13: 13 Three things that will endure----faith, hope, love. And the greatest of these is love!
|my new hair color :)|
*Fitness friends making house calls to color my hair
|Arm bands and Lip Gloss|
*Fitness friends providing me with tools and disciplines to stay fit and active without using my feet.
*Prepared meals (from a pastor's wife and busy mother of 3) that lift the burden and lighten the load.
|My Mom's famous pie|
(yes, even lip gloss spells love for some of us) *Fresh strawberry pie from mom (good for the soul) and even better, sharing it with a neighbor.
*Your co-workers going above and beyond to cover and be there for you.
Little acts of Kindness is all in the greater journey of Walking In Love.
I can't wait for the rest of the series....I know it will change us. ALL OF US!
Walking (hobbling) in Love,