I am a total book nerd.
This past weekend Kevin and I with some friends came across a Borders that was having its going out of business sale (sad-because I absolutely love borders).
Every book was 80-90% off!
It was book worm heaven!
We got some amazing books-and have been contently reading them all week.
But the entire point of me talking about being a reading freak is to talk about a book I've been reading called Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
It is; an a word: Amazing.
The back of the book states:
"God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts-it's falling in love with God."
In the chapter I'm currently reading Francis is talking about the power of love. He mentions one of the most quoted scriptures of all time; 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
Since it is so over-used I think (Francis thinks) it has lost so much of its meaning & strength. He writes in the book to replace the word "Love" with your first name, and then read it back to yourself.
'Lindsey is patient, Lindsey is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast...'
And I can't even go on much further, because I feel like a liar!
But isn't that what God is calling us to do? He has asked us to be his love and share his love with the world.
How often do I completely fail at this everyday?
I'm really working on not only loving the awesome people in my life, but loving the unlovely.
Its easy to show love to your awesome friends & sweet family, but try blessing that person who cut you off in traffic this morning. (That's where I get tripped up!)
Thank Jesus that he loves me even though I constantly screw it up.