Thursday, January 07, 2010

This week's lesson: love

All you need is love . . .
  • Unless, of course, you're part of your church's Student Assistance Committee . . . 
  • And you're discussing a request for financial aid from parents who think the church should pay their child's tuition so that they can continue to afford their time-share in Cancun . . . 
  • And if you don't approve their request, then they've stated they will pull their child out of school and stop attending church because you're all a bunch of meanies . . . 
  • And did I mention that the child's grandfather is also the head elder of your church?
In short, love is patient and kind -- but sometimes, it is also perplexing. And figuring out just exactly what is the loving thing to do is not always easy.  What's more, saying and doing the loving thing is not always going to be popular . . .

Especially if there's money involved.

Or children.

Or money and children..

That's why love is essential, but it is not enough. No, it requires wisdom. It requires tact. And sometimes, it requires that you confront people who can't understand why you won't let them go on hurting themselves and others.

If we only needed to love our friends, after all, then philos would be enough.

And if we only needed to love the people whom it is easy to love, then eros would be enough.

But if we want to love all kinds of people -- and if we want to love them the way God loves them . . .

Then it's going to take more than just love.

No, it will take everything we have.

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