Ok everyone . . .UP UP UP everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning
There is never too much of this ….
I woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain. My first thought? The sliders are open I hope the floor isn’t flooded. My next thought? If you’re guessing it was ‘Ugh! More rain. Why?’ you would be wrong. My next thought was sincere conversation with God pleading with him to stop the devastation of tornadoes in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. Thousands of people in that area have just lost everything and they won’t understand, nor do I understand why they had to endure two days of damaging tornadoes. Nothing can change the past, not when it’s the weather that we have no control over, or when it’s the effects of a wrong decision. The past is over. What can I learn from it?
Here’s one thing I learned August 29, 2005. Don’t complain about the weather! That day and the days after when the destruction of Hurricane Katrina was assessed, I promised God that I would never complain about the weather again. I might whine a little over cancelled plans due to weather and I might grumble about icy roads for my long commute to work, but when I remember the ruined homes, businesses and lives from back then, I am thankful for the rain and snow we have in Michigan and am grateful that we don’t have hurricanes here. True, we have tornadoes and we recently had flooding…..tempted to complain but without falling into the trap.
In these times, especially for all of us who have not been personally affected by the ravages of weather, there is never too much of this – praying, caring, and love. Love of others helps us keep things in perspective because when we love people we want what’s best for them and have compassion, even when there is little we can do or contribute. Thank God for the blessings in your life and ask him for what you can do to be supportive. There is never too much praying, caring, and love.
1 Corinthians 13:2-10
“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. 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.
Love never dies.”