Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Love is Kind

Love is patient. Love is kind.

Coincidentally, Forbes and I opened our devotional book, “Become a Better You” by Joel Osteen, to find that we had reached Part 3: Develop Better Relationships!  The theme of this mission has been to be relationally focused, not task focused and it hasn’t been easy.  So it is very fun to see another “God Thing” take shape on this journey and I welcome the daily reminder to build better relationships through my morning devotions with Forbes.

Even my thoughts on the blog this week have been all about what I am doing, and how I am helping.  Rather I should focus on who I am serving and loving.

Joel Osteen points out one bible translation that reads in 1 Corinthians, “Love looks for a way of being constructive,” rather than the ever-popular, “Love is kind.”  In other words, as Osteen explains, love looks for ways to improve someone’s life.  He says, “Don’t just obsess about how to make your own life better, think about how you can make somebody else’s life better as well.”
The way we can improve another’s life is through love.  The bible teaches "Peace, Love and Joy, but the greatest of all is love."  So today’s question is not what are my mission projects and what will I accomplish.  Instead I begin my day with these sentiments:

Who will I encourage today?
Who can I build up?
How can I challenge someone to reach for new heights?
How can I inspire someone today?

1 comment:

  1. What cute children! I am so excited that you are getting to do such good things in Africa, praying for you Tanya. You are such a great role model for girls like me :)
    - Heather