Unconditional love is beautiful.
It consists of turning the other cheek, preferring others, being patient and kind, it doesn’t envy others, isn’t boastful, proud or dishonorable. Love chooses others, doesn’t get angry easily, keeps no records of past hurts and failures. It never delights in evil but always rejoices with the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. It never fails. (1 Cor 13:1-8)
Just when I think I have this love thing down, another HUGE challenge to ‘love until it hurts’ comes my way. I must always realize that I’m a work in progress. I am constantly evolving and growing into the person I was created to be. It’s hard. I want to fight it and yet it is the most beautiful transformation of my soul when I give in to it’s work. It’s so worth it.
My reflections on the power of the inner workings of the mind have been such a great resource this week as I walk through the process of ‘dying to self’ with a loved one. After reading the 2nd scroll for the first time on November 1st, I had an incredible epiphany while taking a shower (where I do some of my best thinking). I decided to reach out to the family member and make a Marco Polo video to send to her. The words of love and affirmation just flowed out of my mouth like water and after I sent it, I felt a shift in the atmosphere. She messaged me afterwards and I felt a softening in her.
“Never will allow my heart to become small and bitter. Rather I will share it, and it will grow and warm the earth… for I only have time to love.” Og Mandino