“Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 3:10
There are days when I don’t like myself very much. I laugh at inappropriate situations. When circumstances are awkward. I laugh to release the tension and then people look at me like I’m crazy.
I say the wrong thing and then wonder why I opened my mouth in the first place. Sometimes I just say whatever pops into my head at the moment.
There are days when I fail miserably as a friend, wife, and mother.
But you know what? In spite of all of these moments when I feel like I never should have gotten out of bed, I love. I love my community. My readers. My family and friends. My church. I care deeply for them and the details of their lives.
Even though I’m not always the best listener, I am trying to get better. I try to not just wait for my turn to speak.
Each time I make a decision to love and to focus outwardly, the Spirit wins. It rises above the selfishness of my flesh. And I am filled with joy because I am becoming less like myself and more like Christ.
He’s not finished with me yet. Even when I laugh loudly, look around, and realize no one else is laughing with me. Even when I make a dry joke that no one else understands.
He’s right there. Nudging me in his gentle way to keep focusing outward. To not focus so much on my mistakes, but the goal I am racing towards.
*This post was written for Five Minute Friday. A beautiful group of brave, bold writers who meet each Friday to free write for five minutes on one word. Today’s word was: care. Click the button below to learn more.