I was reading through I Corinthians 13 a couple years ago, berating myself for being the Meanest Mom on the Planet, and having a hard time feeling the love Paul was intending to get across. Being that I am a list girl, I broke it down and re-wrote the passage on a piece of paper like this:
Love is NOT…
Holder of grudges
Delighter in evil
The passage was so familiar to me it became meaningless, but when I looked at it from a different perspective, I had an ah-ha moment: I was clearly not loving my family. I can’t say this has been the magic pill to make me a better person, but it is a succinct reminder in the face of Everyday Craziness, so I taped it to the cabinet doors in my kitchen.
I shared this with a friend, who then showed me a similar list she had posted in her kitchen. I was instantly in love with the practical spin put on it, and I reworked it a little to suit my own shortcomings. It is now on the front of my refrigerator:
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