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Last words about love

This is the last synchroblog for our team. We have enjoyed these past few years blogging together but have decided to close our synchroblog. One of our regular bloggers has announced that he is going to start up a new synchroblog. You can find his site HERE.
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This month’s synchrblog asks bloggers what they would write about if this was thier last blog.

It’s sort of like asking a person to think about what they would want their last words to be.

As I pondered this idea I knew that I would want my last words to be about love because imo love is the main thing, the biggie, the thing that trumps everything else. If someone was to try and remember something I once said I would like it very much if it was something about love.

So, here are some Last words about love …. from me.

spreadyourlove

Loving is risky and requires us to be vulnerable. That’s scary stuff but it is worth it.

People accept the love they think they deserve.

We can love others without loving ourselves but the love or lack of love we have for ourselves does impact the way we love others and the way we receive love from others.

If we hurt someone with our words or actions we shouldn’t demand that they love us well without taking time to regain their trust and demonstrating our love to them in better ways. Forgiveness, regaining trust and being vulnerable enough to love again after a relationship suffers a blow is a process. Love is patient.

The opposite of love isn’t always hate … sometimes it is indifference or silence or polite but meaningless interaction.

When it comes to faith the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6)

Loving requires us to be generous. Loving is more than a feeling. Love is an action we choose.

If we keep having to declare that our actions are loving we may not be loving well. If what we call love is consistently seen as unloving we have to examine what we are doing and why. We can always justify our actions and words by calling them “tough love” but most of the time if someone consistently feels unloved by us it is because we aren’t loving them well.

Real love is worked out in the details of life. Real love enters the world of another person and feels what it is like to be that person. Real love sees through the eyes of the other. If you want to grow in love focus on the details.

Say “I love you” to your friends and family. Of course our actions mean the most, but adding those three little words to loving actions is a priceless combination. Don’t miss out on the opportunity. And add a hug when you can! The human touch is very important when it comes to showing our love.

Love is powerful – but more than that – love is enough. It gives so many the courage to stand up against injustice and for the goodness and protection of others, it causes us to give generously of ourselves and our possessions, it helps people open themselves up to new understandings and perspectives, it motivates us to check on our neighbors, to give to the poor, to visit the sick, to take care of our children, to build a life with someone. Love changes those who love and those who are loved … and as a result it changes the world.

Spread your love everywhere you go! You won’t regret it. It is worth it. It is enough!

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I hope you will check out the other synchroblog posts this month (I’ll add links as they become available).

K.W. Leslie – Synchrobloggery
Glenn Hager – Parting Shot
Clara Mbamalu – What is love?
Carol Kuniholm – A Final Synchroblog
J. A. Carter – Last Words
Tony Ijeh – Sharing Jesus

The Saturday Evening Post

I submitted The Eight Letter – Humble Pie post to The Saturday Evening Post at Elizabeth Esther’s blog.

This is where bloggers gather on the first Saturday of each month to share their latest and greatest blog posts.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. pick one of YOUR posts from the past month. Insert a link to that specific post (not just your home page) in The Mister Linky form on Elizabeth’s blog.
  2. compose a new post at your site with a link back to Elizabeth’s blog so your readers can participate, too. The more the merrier–it’s always fun to discover new blogs!

Blog Comment Day

blog-comment-day-2008

John at Smulo Space has started “Blog Comment Day“.

I think it is a great idea.  Here are the guidelines if you want to participate:

  • On December 3, 2008 you will leave one comment on at least 5 different blogs.
  • Out of the 5 blogs you comment on, at least 2 of them will be blogs you haven’t commented on previously.

Here’s some of where I ended up:

the carnival in my head

beauty and depravity

one hand clapping

flirting with faith 

cracks in the sidewalk

Hello world!

Wow – I am finally blogging.  I have thought about blogging for a long time but just kept putting it off.  One thing that has kept me from starting a blog before now is that I thought it would be technically difficult…but the good people at wordpress.com have made it easier than email, itunes, aim, word, excel and all the other mind blowing computer things that I do.  The other thing that has delayed my dream of blogging from coming true is that I had to come up with a name for my blog.  Unfortunately, the good people at wordpress could not help me there – except to tell me that my first five choices were already taken.  It was hard but I finally settled on “Grace Rules”. I chose that name because it is a principle that I am trying to put to work in my life.  I have a history of falling more into the “law, absolute truth, this is what I believe, these are my convictions, rules” category but I am trying to break free of that.  Now the question is…what will I blog about?  Life, family, faith, books, movies, technology, the emergent conversation, church, friendships, serving, community……maybe I should have called my blog jabberwocky!  LOL