Sunday, September 29, 2013

life as it is

What I like about this picture- other than the hugged up kiddos in their soccer gear- is that it shows life as it really is.  My children don't smile and love all the time and neither do yours (I don't even have to guess).  I'm not calling my little toehead out or anything- all three of these little people had the same face with the same emotions over the course of yesterday morning.  In fact, we've all struggled this week because that's what we do this side of total sanctification and eternity- we struggle. 

But Love is patient and Love is kind and it does not envy and it does not boast and we are learning, learning love.  We lean into Love and we learn about what it is and what it isn't from scripture (because our culture has some really messed up ideas about that) and we press on knowing that we are dead to sin and alive to Christ. 

Nobody really wants to dwell on their mistakes or failures.  Usually, we don't post or print pictures of life as it is, but rather we want to meditate and look at life as it should be and I think that's not all bad.  It points to that place deep down where we know that we were made to live in perfect harmony and peace with each other and God.  Our hearts long for that.  But until that happens in all its fullness, we do well to get low and get real and encourage one another because we all know the struggles. 

So in the midst of your struggle, know you're not alone and know that there is hope in the One who is Love. 


 "I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13

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