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Monday, February 14, 2011

Stronger than pride….

Stronger than pride….

I won't pretend that I intend to stop living
I won't pretend I'm good at forgiving
But I can't hate you
Although I have tried
I still really really love you
Love is stronger than pride

Love is Stronger than Pride
words and music
 by
Sade Adu

Valentine's Day is the second largest card-sending holiday, according to the Greeting Card Association, with an estimated one billion cards sent each year.  On the other hand, real love doesn’t wait for February 14.  It isn’t unfailing polite or always gift bearing, and often makes you question your sanity.   Genuine love is selfless. 1 Corinthians 13 explains “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The Love in 1 Corinthians makes you hug a teenager you’d rather throttle, or worse.  That love allows you to breathe deeply, pause and smile, and then address one more time the question you spouse already asked that you already answered.  1 Corinthians can teach you to avoid fights rather than trying to either seek them out, to grin when you want to bare it (fists, sarcasm, fury?). That love really is strong.

Are you a wimp if you aspire to this kind of love? No way, because this ain’t easy.  There are times in my life when I know I’ve achieved it.  They aren’t glamorous, or numerous.  They are the times when I’ve shown compassion despite being really ticked off.  They are the times I’ve been gracious instead of pouting. I declare here and now, I don’t do Valentine’s Day love.  It’s nice, and that doesn’t mean that I don’t buy cards or tokens to acknowledge the tradition.  It’s just like our 10-year-old said this morning, “it’s Valentine’s day every day in our house.  We don’t need no stinkin’ holiday to remind us.” 

What I aspire to is a love stronger than pride.  A love that just is.  So, let’s agree to make it an action verb.  Go do love. Do it quietly, a whisper rather than a shout.  Can you manage it without fanfare? Go be love. Go be God, because isn’t that one of the first things we learn, that God is love?

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Today.  Tomorrow.  Forever.  Go do love. And if ever you’ve had someone who loved you, or loves you now, or whom you love, then you too lead a rich and abundant life.  No matter what happens in my life, I am clearly blessed with abundance.  That does not mean that I have every material possession, or that my resources are without limit; neither of these reflects my circumstance.  God alone provided everything I have ever needed, and I learn, each day, that it is neither career nor husband, nor anything under my control.  It is solely the Grace of the Father by which I am endowed.  Further evidence that God is good.  

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