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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Never Fails

I have 3 boys ages 10, 7, and 5. As you can imagine, there is quite a bit of rough play and fighting that goes on around here. Most of it is in fun and just a form of brotherly affection, but some of it is just plain meanness. For the past several months I have tried to incorporate a Bible time into our morning routine before school. This bible time varies- sometimes the older two are reading their own bibles separately, sometimes they are reading out of the Jesus StoryBook Bible to each other, and sometimes I am reading to them. One particular morning not long ago, the fighting had gotten really bad. And it wasn't the physical kind, it was the verbal kind. I was at my wits end. I am super passionate about sibling love and respect, so I decided to read the "love chapter" of the bible to them that morning. The "love chapter" is 1 Corinthians 13. Even if you are not familiar with the Bible, you have probably heard parts of 1 Corinthians 13 quoted:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails.

My boys were breaking every part of this sacred Scripture! So with a prayer in my heart, I read them the entire chapter and I explained what the words meant as I read. And we talked about what this verse looks like in real life, giving practical examples from scenes I had witnessed among them that week. We finished with a prayer and then they headed off to school. I would like to tell you that things were perfect after that moment. That later in the day they put all of it into practice and loved each other perfectly. But I can't. And that's okay. My kids are sinners, and I am too. And we cannot love each other perfectly. There is only One who can do that and His name is Jesus. But we can, with His help, love each other better. 

So this verse was on my mind when I created the painting in the video below. I had originally set out to just use the word "love" and incorporate a bird. But as the painting progressed, I decided I did not like the bird and the phrase "love never fails" came through. True love never fails. God's love never fails. This brings me great comfort. And so when I see the selfish parts of me coming out, I can turn to 1 Corinthians 13 and read how love is supposed to be.

1 comment:

  1. Jenny, I just finished watching the entire "Love Never Fails" video of your collage painting. I was fascinated and enthralled throughout. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your thought process and heart, as you create. God has CLEARLY gifted you Girl! Keep using your gift to glorify God and share with others!!:-) Love, - Becky-