I meant what I said.

In my last post I said that I am going to look for shared commonalities and focus on them. I meant it.

That post happened to drop the same day as a controversial SCOTUS decision. It wasn’t planned. I have strong feelings on the decision. You might, too. I’m saddened at the posts I have seen asking people to unfriend them if they have different opinions. I’m saddened because I was that person in the past.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-7 (The Message) says:

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

If you could somehow know that you would be diagnosed with a terminal disease this year, what things would you want to do? Are there relationships you would try to repair? Are there people you would be sure to spend more time with? Are there things you would want to accomplish? Go do these things.

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