Wednesday, April 29, 2009

wisdom from the little children...

So I babysit two little boys: Dylan 5 (in preschool) and Brandon a new 8 (in the first grade). They are two pretty entertaining boys and here is a conversation that went down in the back of my car on the way to speech:

Brandon: (to dylan) you can't spell anything....
Dylan: after whining a little bit... well, i can do stuff better than you
Brandon: I bet you can't do three things better than me!
Dylan: oh yeah....(kinda long pause) OH! well i can (clucks tongue) and you can't (cluck cluck cluck)...
Brandon: that's a stupid thing that doesn't matter
Dylan: well i can whistle and you can't....AND when i get a shot at the doctor i don't cry...
Brandon: neither do i..(they argue for a minute about who does or doesn't cry at the doctor
Dylan: Well, everybody's not good at something (ending the conversation)

And i just smiled because how true is this...

Life is definitely not meant to be a comparing game, some people are good at some things, and some people really aren't!

So use what you've got for the Glory of God and don't worry about your lack of other talents...



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

this is so love

So, I needed a break from the rather horrid trig homework i was working on and remembered an awesome verse I read last night...

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another with love." Ephesians 4:2

I don't know about you guys, but these are 4 very serious challenges. I mean, as if loving everyone wasn't hard enough, we need to be patient, gentle, and humble. And I'm going to be honest, patience may be a virtue, but a virtue much needed by me in some situations. For instance, I can be very patient with kids but give me someone my age, and explaining things more than once drives me crazy. I must apologize to some of my best friends because I am not good at explaining something the second time. I try, but usually by the third time i have to take a very deep breath.

Next off, I am not exactly gentle, to say the least. I feel being blunt works as good as anything in a lot of situations. And i think, this goes with my patience problem. I should probably be more gentle and this could help with patience :)!

And as far as being humble, I do not think it is in human nature to be humble. Not that i think everyone is mr./mrs. super ego who brags all the time, BUT when we are good at something if nothing else, we will do what we're good at for the soul reason to subtly show people what we can do. If you have a gift, you should us it for God's glory and not your own.

The definition of Love in 1 Corinthians 13 adresses all of these issues, so if your living true Godly love, these should all be covered... The key word here being Godly. Wordly love is not patient, kind, it does envy, it does boast, it is proud. It is rude, self-seeking, it is easily angered. It rejoices in evil. It doesn't protect, hope or preserves. All of this is true because wordly love is selfish. Wordly love doesn't love without personal game. Even the love for spouces, family, and friends in a wordly view is selfish. Would you love them under all circumstances, if your friends were mean to you would they still be your friends? Would you still 'love them?'

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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..." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Is your love a Godly Love?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Live Love

This weekend, I worked my first dnow and it was fantastic!! The theme of the weekend was Live Love, and God spoke to me through the music, Mark (the speaker), and small group sessions. Living Love is not an easy concept for me, and my goal is to keep this one up! It is what God has commanded us to do. So through a positive attitude, SWEET words, and a smile on my face my goal is to show the awesome untainted love of Jesus Christ my Savior!!