March 24, 2017
I’ve heard these verses my entire life. I can recite them word for word. Yet I’m not sure I’ve spent much time REALLY meditating on them. There’s SO MUCH in here about what it means to truly love. It’s really all about lifting others UP…forgiving…trusting. Hard to do sometimes, isn’t it? How often do we think we’ve got another person’s motives all figured out? How on earth can we honestly presume to know what’s going on in ANYONE else’s heart? The truth is…we DON’T. Sometimes it’s easy to assume the worst. That’s not love, though, is it? We are called to assume the BEST about people. We say, “What if I get burned?” Here’s the thing, my friends, if you are assuming the worst about people, YOU ARE ALREADY GETTING BURNED. Carrying around distrust, anger, hatred, and a big old “I told you so!”…only hurts YOU. It’s a heavy burden, friends. So heavy. Life is so much sweeter when we truly love…without conditions. No, that doesn’t mean we open up our inner circle to everyone. We must still guard our hearts, but at the same time we must love. There are people on this earth who WILL test us. They’ll hurt us. They’ll hurt people we love. Oh my friends, the anger bubbles up inside me when someone I love is experiencing hurt caused by another person. If it’s one of my children, Lord have mercy! However, the raw, honest truth is this. Those people are HURTING people. That doesn’t excuse bad behavior; but it does give us a place from which to draw hope, perseverance, and the courage to love anyway. We are called to be so much more than that. There is a wonderful quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So profound! We are carrying around the ability to change the WORLD. It sounds cliché; but it’s absolute truth.
My prayer for each of you is that you will always be treated with love & kindness. If you are not, I pray that you rise above, protect your heart, and give away as much love and kindness as is humanly possible.