Thursday, February 14, 2013

about love

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it's valentine's day, one of my fave days. love it or loathe it, it's probably on your mind.
we'll send little valentines with elijah to school, they're having a party. he'll be nice and jazzed later. 
i'll be home with my own sweet valentine. which, by the way, i still can't believe i'm married to my husband. i was just thinking about us while i was cleaning and sorting in my bedroom yesterday. when i came to my top dresser drawer, i found this in a sea of memories, wrinkled and stuck in a journal.


this was a "just friends" note. so we said. eventually we saw the light. soul mates.

when we met, i had a boyfriend, and was trying to set patrick up with my friend. only the lord knew where we'd be thirteen years later. for better or for worse, and parenting a hilarious little boy together. some days it's easy to love each other. other days we're hugging it out, asking forgiveness. 


ours isn't the only relationship i struggle with loving
sadly, i often have trouble loving anyone.

realizing this is a problem for me sometimes, i've been trying to find encouragement from the word through reading and sermon listening. refresher courses, if you will. in my study, this has been what struck me the most. i thought today was the perfect time to share. famous lyrics tell us 'all we need is love', and scripture tells us we must love and how to give it. 

"for you were called to freedom, brothers. only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. for the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” but if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another." galatians 5:13-15


"Love your neighbor as yourself" is not a command to love yourself. It is a command to take your natural, already existing love of self and make it the measuring rod of your love for others. There is not a harder command in the Bible than this one. It means: Want to feed the hungry as much as you want to feed yourself when you get hungry. It means: Want to find your neighbor a job as much as you are glad you have a job. Want to help your fellow student get A's as much as you want to get A's. Want to help the person stalled on the freeway as much as you are glad you are not stalled on the freeway. Want to give the poor softball player a chance to play as much as you want to play the whole game. Want to share Christ with your neighbor as much as you are glad you know Christ yourself.
Use all the creativity and energy and perseverance to do good things for others that you use in doing good things for yourself. Care about what happens to others as much as you care about what happens to yourself. Can you imagine what the church would be like if we were all like that: looking at the person to the right and to the left and feeling the same longing for their happiness that we feel for our own. Not only would the law be fulfilled, this place would be iridescent with joy, and the glory of God would be unmistakably present in our midst. And people would be converted! Let's be like that in the power of the Holy Spirit. 
john piper//freed to love


why not allow today, the day we celebrate love, to be a new beginning. 
the first day of a billion truly loving others days. 
he sees and hears us, and will give us what we need to follow his way of love.

10 comments:

  1. I had the most precious aunt here on earth. She's living with the Lord now, but she was great at this:

    Sometimes she loved people that didn't love her back. People who were afraid, or just plain grouchy. Anytime we saw her she would grab us tight to her and say "I love you and there ain't a thing you can do about it." (She was from the hills).

    She taught me how to love. To love people who won't love you back. To not be afraid of it.

    I miss her.

    I love you sweet Hannah girl, and there ain't a thing you can do about it!

    Have a sweet day.

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    1. joy, loved hearing about your aunt. amazing. that's the attitude we need! praise the lord.

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  2. I struggle too, so caught up in the thoughts in my own head that a lot of times I forget to give love to others. Trying my best to show it today! Happy Love Day Hannah!

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  3. This is a great Valentine's post! I am so sad today about the loss of my friend. I can't help but weep about how I could have loved him more.


    -linnea

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    1. thanks, linnea.
      oh how i love you and am grieving with you.
      the lord is near.
      psalm 23

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  4. Happy Loves Day, Hannah. A pleasure - and great growth enjoyment as always! My daughter and I are wearing your necklaces today. So fun!!!

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  5. yes!

    and not only do i have trouble loving people sometimes...i don't even really LIKE people:)
    me and Jesus, we're working on that.

    But...we do love you, both of us:)

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