Saturday, October 23, 2010

Things we learn......

Does anyone ever think about all the things we have to sit down and learn? I mean just basic, every day learning. The other day I sat down with Luke to learn to use sissors. I literally had to teach him how to put his fingers in the sissors and place the blades exactly where he wanted to cut - making sure he didn't cut the picture in half. It was a pretty eye opening experience because I don't recall being a child. My brother Frank remembers everything - he probably remembers when he learned to use sissors.

I have also been working with Luke on his letters and numbers. I use flash cards for this. It is really amazing how repetition works with little guys. This opened up a conversation with Dougie on how we learn. We talked about learning to walk before we run, literally learning to ride a bike, learning to hold our fork, or a crayon to color - remember to stay in the lines..... you are probably wondering where I am going with all this, but what about learning to love?

I am currently reading a book titled Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  It has a chapter on love and how we do it. Just how good are we at loving each other? I was compelled to share this because we have so many different definitions of love.... I love mustard, I love pickles, I love my white jeans from the GAP, I love my husband, I love my mother...... just what exactly is love and how should we do it?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

What Francis says is to do a little experiment with these words.... put your name in place of the word Love and read the passage again. This is how we are to love according to the Bible. I know I can fail pretty miserably at some of these. I want to love people well - I want to love my family well. But I also know that I can not do it ALL the time on my own - I need help from the Holy Spirit who is there to nudge me on to love well.

Have a 'lovely' day!

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