Love Each Other Abundantly

February 24, 2012

Part 3 in The Family Creed Series

Life can be pretty full as a parent. Full is a good thing sometimes. Sometimes it is just full. Rich is a better word for me. The difference is macaroni and cheese versus cheesecake. I will eat both. Both are filling. One needs ketchup. The other is rich.

I was teaching my five-year-old to ride a two-wheeler one summer not so long ago. She had never lacked for confidence. In truth she relished the chance to show of her own new skill set, like a fighter pilot buzzing the tower. We had a new flight controller, a friend, over for dinner one night and like all kids, my daughter assumed that she was there because news of this two-wheeled phenom had spread several counties over. She dragged our friend outside to watch this Cirque de Sole'esque demonstration of balance, speed and danger. 

We stood, smiling at the excitement in my daughter's eyes as she tore around our driveway circle laughing like I'd imagine Evil Kneival laughed at the edge of every ramp he rode off of. In my mind, I heard Steppenwolf kick into a song.

She raced around the drive and as she skidded around a bend yelled, “I was born to do this!”

A split second later the handlebars cranked sideways and she rocketed over them and across the stone gravel. When she stopped skidding she screamed. It was not a pained scream. It was an angry scream. “But I was not born for that!”

Rich.

We schedule fullness in. Sometimes when we schedule fulness and abundance. But that is not what God said. He said he came to give abundance to us. I tend to try to manipulate abundance through things, experiences and time. 

Jesus said that He came to give abundant life. I have tried to put that in some perspective. In my family creed. The creed was just a way to put our values in a way that we could hang onto them when life conspired against them. Our first core family value is to LOVE EACH OTHER ABUNDANTLY!

There are times when I want to love my family out of my fulness. I run out. I get short with them. I become selfish and controlling. Our family commitment to love abundantly comes from our commitment to be love for each other.
1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

There is a profound truth in that passage. It is that God is love. He doesn't just give it. He is love. I have learned that the key to my family experiencing love is not for me to give it as a gift, but instead, for me to be love. When I allow Christ to be love through me, then the love in our home never runs out. It''s a supernatural thing. It's a spirit  thing.

Rich.

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