It is the passage most commonly read at weddings, but is feeling awfully applicable this summer. There is nothing like an extended period of togetherness to highlight all of the areas that a person needs work. Part of learning to enjoy our summer togetherness is learning to treat each other right. No better lesson book than the Bible when it comes to learning about that...
"Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
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...."
1 Corinthians 13
...Girls, instead of fighting, let's share our toys. Remember "love is not self-seeking".
...You need to use a nicer tone of voice with me. Remember "love is not rude".
...Wait your turn. Remember "love is patient".
...Try not to get frustrated with each other. Remember "love is not easily angered".
Inevitably, when I begin to work on something with my children, my own heart simultaneously gets a makeover. This summer I keep personally getting stuck at the beginning: "Love is patient, love is kind." Getting those two things right changes the entire trajectory of our day.
The golden rule of family love is that it must always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere. Love never fails.