Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
Six YEARS we have been married. I think about our journey to here. It’s been a lot of struggles of the will. Back and forth we dance. We give and we take. We take and we give. We learn to make small sacrifices daily. Small sacrifices that I am learning are the joyful expressions of love for one another. Daily we fight for our rights, and daily we lay it down.
God has been dealing with my heart gently these days. Showing me that I approach him many times to gain, to take, and to get. He’s been ever silent, and I believe it’s because I’m learning a long lesson.
A lesson of love: the truth of love is that it learns to give when no one is giving back. It learns the rhythms of give and take. When there is a desert with God, or a desert with you, my heart yearns to be heard, but sometimes it is time to LISTEN.
Human love learns to remember the character you’ve always known, instead of the sin that is present at the moment. It learns to extend itself through periods of anger, un-kindness, frustration. It learns to dwell on love instead of faults. I’m learning to approach you, my dear like I’m learning to approach God. Bringing my best to the table in love, not just seeking to always fill myself up.
Six Years: I hope I’m becoming more gracious. I hope I’m becoming more kind. I hope I’m becoming more willing to forgive, but most of all I hope I’m learning to LOVE by daily making small sacrifices with joy, and coming to the table with a meal to give, instead of just living to take. For, love is an ever-sanctifying gift, and I’m praying I learn to do it well.