Being married to a pastor, often means that daily conversation revolves around sermon series titles and prep and even on occasion lending inspiration to my writing. As circumstance (or perhaps misfortune) would have it, I was unable to attend this past Sunday when Rick kicked off part one in a Summer Sermon Series: LOVE IS…. (my added twist — WALK IN LOVE)
Actually, I was anything but walking, and especially not in love. The 5K run that I participated in just the night before (and finished) was memorable and fun! But, what I would soon come to know as a stress fracture to my left ankle, left me hobbling/crawling along in terrible pain and grumpy with impatience and frustration.
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.
With mobility greatly challenged, and the recliner and ice pack quickly becoming my number 1 companion, I went on line and listened to Rick’s part one message on this great mandate, “walk in love.” His delivery of biblical context and practical application left me both challenged and encouraged.
#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 🙂|
*Receiving countless kind thoughts and prayer messages, via texts, phone messages and mail. (Life is busy, time taken…..matters)
*Fitness friends making house calls to color my hair
|Arm bands and Lip Gloss|
(a good hair day goes a LONG way)
*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|
*Your Mary Kay Consultant going out of her way to personally hand deliver your order.
(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.