Archive for June, 2013

This Thing Called Love

Recently I was asked to submit an article on the topic of “Love” to Vecny Zivot, a Christian Slovak publication. Thought I would share it with my readers.

What is This Thing Called Love?

How do you know when you are in the presence of love?

Is it a feeling? A state of being?

Well, not exactly.

Well, not exactly.

It’s easy for us to speak of love as if it were a big bowl of chocolate: creamy and  delicious.

Everyone wants it.

But, wait. We have an entire chapter in the Bible devoted to its description. And it’s pretty tough.  Here are some of the Apostle Paul’s thoughts on the nature of love:

  •    It is patient (very patient)
  • ·  It is not possessive or competitive
  • ·  It is not rude
  •   It bears all things (endures wrongs and doesn’t share them with others)
  •   It believes all things (is not cynical)
  • ·It hopes all things (stays positive)
  •  And it endures all things (resists the temptation to return evil for evil).

It governs its thoughts.

Love is the essence of God, the character of Christ.

But what is it exactly?

Go ahead. Be awesome.

Go ahead. Be awesome.

Fact is, we only know we are in the presence of love when we see it in action. Feelings of love without the expression of love are lifeless and powerless.

Think about that.

In his book, Love Does, Bob Goff writes: I used to think being a believer was enough, but now I know Jesus wants us to participate, no matter what condition we’re in.

Love acts. It reaches out. It does not refrain from doing good.

As Christians, we are children of God and, therefore, children of love. Christianity is a revelation of love. And it is our ministry in the world.

Sometimes in our daily lives we forget this.

We may have been raised in the church and be familiar with all its workings. We may know the Word and be skilled in preaching or teaching. We may exercise spiritual gifts.

But if we are not acting in love, then all of those things are noise with no substance (I Cor 13:1).

God so loved the world that He gave and loved and gave and loved. He demonstrated that:

  • Love is the strongest sustaining power in the universe. We can rest in the knowledge of God’s love for us.
  • Love is the strongest resisting power. When we are preoccupied with the work of love, temptation has far less effect on us.
  • Love is the strongest attracting power. Few human beings can resist the power of God’s love generously shared by His people.

You and I have been called to do the marvelous work of love. No need to delay.

Who knows what God is waiting to do through us?

What is love doing today through you?


Crossing My Mind

So I’ve been away from my blog for awhile, helping with some family business. However, I HAVE been thinking, albeit a little randomly.

For instance:

  • Mother’s Day is better out-of-doors. At my request, we picnicked in a spectacular redwood grove, followed by a walk
     Growing our family

    Growing our family.

    among the giants in warm, spring sunshine. Since this reminded my oldest son of the ewok speeder bike scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (which was filmed in the redwoods near Crescent City, CA from whence one of daughters-in-law hails – got that?), we went home, napped, then watched the movie. It was awesome. I get to use that word because it was Mother’s Day.

  • I have garden envy. My carrots, which should have burst forth from the ground in gratitude after all my effort, are anemic little things. I pass the garden box of a neighbor every morning on my walk and her carrots are glorious. Which feels like a daily poke in the eye.
  • The Bible is by far the most interesting book in the world.  It cannot be surpassed in historical drama, quality of poetry and literature, or mindblowing truth. Anyone who does not regularly read the Bible is missing out on soul food AND brain food.                                       
  • I would rather live in earthquake country than tornado country. Don’t even TRY to argue with me about this.
  • A determined and resourceful three-year-old will find the scissors.                 
  • Too many books are too long. There. I said it. Sometimes I have the urge to send a note to the author of a book I just finished and say: You had some great thoughts here. Wish you would have shared them in FEWER WORDS.
  • The noun “pigeon” should always be preceded by the adjective “nasty.”
  • People who slide through just-turning-red lights are idiots. It is a stupid, deadly habit.
  • There are few cookie recipes that cannot be improved by adding chocolate chips and walnuts. 

     Bought them for my kids. Buying them for my grandbabes.

    Bought them for my kids. Buying them for my grandbabes.

  • Saltwater Sandals will never go out of style.                      
  • I am always surprised to hear the witch in Sleeping Beauty say “powers of hell.” How did that get past the censors in a children’s movie in 1959?
  • Don’t kid yourself, you’re never really done with the laundry.
  • I love the comment made recently by a congressman regarding the boneheads appearing before an oversight committee: “We don’t think they could be so dumb as to not know so much.” Truth embedded in a charming double negative.
  • There is no greater pleasure than reading to a child.                                                      



And, finally, family’s my favorite. Always will be. I hope yours is, too.

Have some random thoughts of your own to share?

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