Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Moving past lip service and the “tipping of my hat”.
How do I test my heart to see if I am really walking in love? What does the measuring stick look like?
When I choose to no longer hold someone’s “feet to the fire” regarding how they failed or could have done better, then I love them.
When I no longer count the number of times another has stumbled, then I love them.
When I refuse to give up on the best a person could grow into, then I love them.
When I don’t like something I see in another person that’s ok. It’s what I do with the observation that becomes the pivotal point between love and …. Hmmm…death.
When I stop pulling away from them so that I can be more comfortable but rather move toward them, then I love them.
Love is not prone to walk away. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and it endures through every circumstance imaginable. Love is not embarrassed or uncomfortable by another person’s brokenness but rather longs to cover it. When I choose to actually walk this out with the very people around me, only then am I living in a place of love.
Anything less than the actual living out of this description is simply lip service. It becomes the “tipping of my hat” in acknowledgment of my Christian obligation of what I should do. How can I say that I love God who I can’t see, when I choose not to live out this description toward the people around me who I can see?