Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Way of Love

"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17 a (NIV)

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 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. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13 (MSG)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Book Review

Well, I wrote a book review for Dr. James Spiegel's book "Gum, Geckos, and God: A Family's Adventure in Space, Time and Faith" for the online magazine Catapult. If you feel like it, check it out!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Visual Brain Trumps Verbal Brain

As a person who loves the arts, I find that I tend to swing back and forth between my verbal and more visual/non-verbal ways of thinking. I've always felt that there are times that words are my more natural expression, and other times that words just can't do justice, for whatever reason, and color on color or listening to music seems more natural.

Right now, words are a struggle. I have nothing to say, or perhaps, the things I have to say can't stand on their own. Whatever the case may be, my verbal brain is tired. Times like these, journals and blogs lie latent.

Here's a lovely tune- Killing the Blues, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Don't You Let Them Take the Fight Outta You

My friend and I were talking tonight, and I found myself quoting this song:

"There's always someone younger,
someone with more hunger,
Don't you let them take the fight outta you."

So here's the video- Ben Harper- "Fight Outta You"