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Constructive Love

Today I was reading the Phillips translation of 1 Corinthians 13:4, and I love it! ~

"This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience - it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance."

The "constructive" part really got me thinking... I looked up the word "constructive" in the dictionary, and this is the definition I read:

1. Constructing or tending to construct; helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement

So... part of what that verse is saying is that love looks for a way to improve, or advance the loved one's life. It kind of sounds like a quote I heard once, "True success is found when you help others succeed." Synonyms I found for the word "constructive" include helpful, effective, positive, practical, productive, useful, and valuable.

I worry about loving people as muh as God wants me to... what if they don't give me credit? What if I love them, and then they leave? What if I love them, and they keep treating me so terribly? What if I love them, and it makes NO difference in MY life? There is one word to sum up these thoughts: SELFISHNESS! (Sefishness= the opposite of love, in my opinion)  I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I have these thoughts, but I would be lying if I said that I don't. If I'm only loving people to make sure that it makes my life better, then I'm not really loving them, am I? I'm not working to try and make someone else's life better if this is the case, only my own life.

My goal for, well, forever is to make loving others a habit of mine. These are questions I am going to try and ask myself daily for the next month, and hopefully it will become something I do constantly as a habit in the process:

-To whom, and how can I show God's love today?
-To whom, and how can I encourage someone today?
-Who can I build up today, and how?
-How can I improve someone else's life today? (Someone ELSE'S life- not your own, Sprite!)
-How can I bless someone else today?

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." -Mother Teresa

Do Hard Things

My good friend Kerra got me a book for my birthday called Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. I didn't get into the book straight away, but ever since I did, I have been challenged and excited on a very deep level. I highly encourage YOU to read it, even if you are not a teenager. I haven't read the whole book yet, but God has taught me a lot in the chapters that I have read so far.

In general, people don't have high expectations of teenagers. This book is for anyone who wants to rebel against those low expectations, and live with the intensity that God desires. As teenagers, we need to stop being lazy, and stop doing things that won't matter for eternity. I know that I have been letting other people's expectations control how I do things much more than I have been letting God's expectations guide the way I live, which is horribly sad.

Anyone who has not read Do Hard Things should make time to do so. It's time for our generation to rise up! =)

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Friends Cut

I just did a friends-cut. I have been so busy lately, and I've been wanting to keep up with my friends' page more, but it's so hard to read all of the posts, and comment on them all. I have had some lj friends who haven't posted FOREVER, and some who I really just haven't felt I "click" with. I took some people off who I still really liked and everything, it's just that it's hard to keep up with a ton of posts. However, if I did take you off of my list, and you really want to be on, please comment, and tell me. You can still be on my flist. There's a pretty big chance I WANT you to be, but with some people, I feel like I'm just wasting their time with my posts, and I'm getting so bad and so behind with comments... xP So, yes. Please don't take it personally... it's my problem, not yours!

OH YES, and, if you are someone who took a long break from lj, and are getting into it again, please lmk, because I miss you, and I definitely want to be your friend! lol :)

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Hello!

Firstly.. If you are a friend/family member and your interested in reading my live journal, let me know, I'll be happy to send you an invitation. It is really simple, free, and fun. I would be BEYOND thrilled if you could get one! So yea, just do it for my sake :)

This is a friends only lj, if you would like to be added please leave me a comment and let me know why. Tell me a little about yourself, too, please.

To learn more about me, you can go to the link that says, "Who am I? I Will Say..."

I usually post about every day. Thanks for being interested! God bless you always!

-Sprite