“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~Joseph Anderson
There are times when I am going through things and I just feel…some kinda way. Those are times when I have to encourage and remind myself of the truth. The first truth that I am reminding myself of today is this…love never fails. And just n case I almost forget, I’ve added it to my screensaver.
It is so easy to forget sometimes. I want to do things my way at times and treat others the way that they have treated me. You know all the pain and the time spent crying can feel really horrible, but then I have to remember that love endures. That makes me question my motives and…my heart. Am I only thinking of myself in the situation or is this about the ones that I love.
The truth is that I have to continue to think on and remind myself of these things so that I can become better at loving those that God has given me to love.
This can even be true with my kids. After a long stressful day, I’m tired and ready to go to bed. Sometimes they are not. They want to sit and talk or cuddles and play. When your tired, it’s hard to have fun. Well, I know it is for me, but I have to give them what they need. When my oldest has been at school all day and needs his mama, I have to muster up the energy and give him what he needs. For a moment that is hard, but God has equipped me for that very moment. Within seconds , he smiles and I’m not tired anymore. I have a burst of energy because I see and understand what the love that I have for him does to him.
This same frame of mind has to be used when it comes to my husband, mother, father, friends, siblings, cousins…you get the picture.
Truthfully, I just have to remind myself of the effect that love has on people. It’s not always about me being loved. Instead it’s about me loving. With a warm heart I love when it’s easy and…when it’s hard.