growing part 2: love is generous

Of late, I find myself being challenged to love more authentically.  To me, this means that I’m challenged to love w less selfishness & with more generosity.  Here’s an interesting example, after church yesterday, Reece took us to a nice restaurant for Easter lunch – the only challenge was that the waitress was having a rough day.  Consequently, our meal took more than 2 hours from start to finish.  So here’s my choice:  be grumpy w the waitress who is already having a tough time or be super kind, generous & helpful.  Hopefully, I landed on more of the “kind & generous” side of the choice, even though I felt impatient, etc. 

I find God challenging me to love people more genuinely & less for what they can do in return for me – to love without expecting acknowledgment, gratitude or even retribution.  Here are some ways that I am being challenged to authentically love:

  • time:  taking time to listen, engage, be present, to be less impatient & worried about being inconvenienced
  • care:  to express care by expressing genuine interest – asking questions that reflect concern, interest & engagement
  • affirmation:  using words that encourage, promote excellence, strengthen a person’s value, brighten another’s day, forgive quickly, validate & affirm the person even when I disagree w their choices or behaviors

I think that God loves the hell out of us in many different ways.  I hope He uses me to make His love a daily reality to those with whom I interact – that’s a tall order that only He can accomplish 🙂

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