Jon Acuff is one of the funniest men ever. but his funniness has such an edge to it that it gets into your heart. seriously. this recent post on loving the unlovable so got me. encouraged me. challenged me. was God’s words to me.
: Sometimes the hardest part of loving people is that you don’t always get to hear the whole song.
You reach out. In a time of need or hurt or maybe even hope.
And you get pushed away.
You get chased away.
You get shoved away.
And you wait and you help and you stand in the storms of life with someone, and you feel like you are throwing a ball against a wall. You can’t tell if any of it matters. If your words or your actions matter at all. You think about giving up. You feel called to be salt and light, we know that’s printed in red, but sometimes in the space between hours and arguments, it’s hard to feel that way.
You keep loving. You keep hoping to see a change, not because it’s all about change, but because that would at least be a crack of light under the door.
But the light never comes. The door is never opened, even a little, and then they disappear. Not dramatically, maybe. They don’t float away on a hot air balloon or in a fast car. The ebb and flow of life just drifts them away. You feel you’ve wasted your time or maybe their time or everybody’s time.
They were so eager to blow things up. So eager to sink their own ship with bad, easy-to-spot decisions. The bridge was out ahead. You saw that a mile away, but they ignored you and kept driving. So unwilling to stop the car until it had hurtled deep into the valley of regret.
You forget about them. Or, mostly, you forget. A year gets stacked on another year and stacked on another year, until that person becomes one more person you reached out to who didn’t reach back. One more person you helped who ignored your help.
That’s the hard part about loving someone. Sometimes we don’t get to hear the whole song. We get to be a verse or a single lyric in someone’s journey, but the song doesn’t resolve. We watch relationships fade into the horizon, not really knowing if we’ve made a difference. :
this is me and our gorgeous childrens church pastor dressed up for the Mainly Music Queens & Kings day last monday… we had an awesome time with a bunch of kids dressed up in their finest royal clothing… always fun to dress up!
loving Citipointe HOPE IS ERUPTING cd – just got it from itunes today after someone had posted a song on fb that totally caught my heart… always good to have fresh worship and fresh expressions to communicate and articulate how great and good God is!
mmm i love lemon lime and bitters drink… refreshing and sweet and tangy… my hubby brought me some for my birthday treat last week and though the weather is darkest winter i so love the mwahness of it!
and as always. i love Jesus with all i am and all my heart and all my soul and all my days. For His glory and the building of His kingdom and the rescue of the lost.
so what are you totally loving this week?
… check out what other peeps are loving whatever day of the week it is over at MNM’s BLOG