Hmmm...yep, guilty as charged. How many times have I deferred to do something for me instead of playing a game with one of the kids? How many times have I not gone with Mike to play golf because it's "just not MY thing". How many times have I manipulated an agreement just to get what I wanted? This is not love. But, you know what love is? Love is a Savior that came to DIE for us so that we could be saved. He didn't come here to be served but to serve others. We have such an awesome example of pure love but it's easily lost in our extremely selfish world. How many times have you been told, "if you don't look out for yourself, no one else will" and sadly we start to believe this. Like I've said before, it's small shifts in our thinking that will help us love like God.
Here are a few additional verses on what the Bible tells us about being selfish:
Are you thinking this love thing might be an impossible task?! I would be lying if I said that thought hadn't crossed my mind. Or the thought that I'm writing all these things about love and what about when a friend sees me being less than loving. What are we to do we these thoughts? I think the only true thing we can do is go to God with them. He knows our heart. He knows we are going to screw up. He's there to forgive us and give us another chance. Just like we should do for others (and hopefully others will do for us!). :)
It makes me so happy to have you going through this Love Challenge with me! I know we all have our struggles. I want you to know I'm here for you. Let me know if there is something I can pray for. We are all in this together (a little High School Musical shout out!). ;) ok, I'm totally showing my age!
See you tomorrow for love is not easily angered. Uh oh...