Friday, March 30, 2007

The Greatest of These is Love

I really enjoy reading the Youth Ministry Wives blog because I find encouragement, humor and great tips from it. The most recent blog really challenged me. The author was reading 1 Corinthians 13 and made it more personal:

If I speak at a girls’ retreat, and have not love for the girls, I’m just an annoying cell phone, ringing at the wrong time.

If I speak to youth of honoring their parents, and don’t make time to call my own and go spend some time with them, and if I encourage others and grouch at my own family, I am nothing.

If I give time and money to missions, but don’t love the lost and different, I gain nothing.

Love is patient with the loud and obnoxious kids at youth group—you know the ones I mean.

Love is kind to the older ladies, who just need a touch on the arm and a smile.

Love does not envy the wives who have more budget to work with to fix up their homes.

Love does not boast, but gives God the proper credit for our successes.

Love is not rude or angered, even when that kid cuts you off in the traffic moving from the Sunday school room to the sanctuary.

Love is not self-seeking, even though our human nature desperately wants to be.

Love never fails.

Where there are object lessons, they will cease. Where there are videos on any topic, they will be stilled. Where there is knowledge of the latest teen culture trends, it will pass away.
When perfection comes, the imperfect disappears…and faith, hope and love remain.

But the greatest of these is love.

2 comments:

  1. Anne, this is really a powerful paraphrase of I Cor. 13. I was challenged by it!

    Mom

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  2. I completely love it, I'm not a wife of a minister or anything, but I'd love to read more things like that. My favorite is "the loud obnoxious kids at youth group"

    cause i deff. know which ones..

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