Just Enough!

Stacey A. Robinson

Today in church we talked about life schedules and putting too much stuff in the way of growing our relationships with the Lord and others.  Over the past year I have learned to do less and to love more.  Always afraid of loneliness getting the best of me; I kept busy.  My hands were always full of things to do.  Although accomplishing goals is wonderful; growing your faith, trust, and love in relationships with the Lord and with other people is far more important.   Many single people like myself distract themselves with work and hobbies to avoid time dwelling on the lack of companionship we long for.

I realize that if I let go and keep my hands free God will fill them up and I won’t have to worry about being single in anything.

Nehemiah 4:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 After I looked things over, I stood…

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Just Enough!

Today in church we talked about life schedules and putting too much stuff in the way of growing our relationships with the Lord and others.  Over the past year I have learned to do less and to love more.  Always afraid of loneliness getting the best of me; I kept busy.  My hands were always full of things to do.  Although accomplishing goals is wonderful; growing your faith, trust, and love in relationships with the Lord and with other people is far more important.   Many single people like myself distract themselves with work and hobbies to avoid time dwelling on the lack of companionship we long for.

I realize that if I let go and keep my hands free God will fill them up and I won’t have to worry about being single in anything.

 

Nehemiah 4:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

The Way of Love

1 Corinthians 13The Message (MSG)

The Way of Love

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.

I Pray for You; Pray for me

1 Corinthians 13The Message (MSG)

The Way of Love

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.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.