Wednesday, February 10, 2010

valentines, carmel lattes & tummy aches

well my dears, it's been a strange few weeks here in ellie-land. had to have two procedures this past week, as well as blood tests. it is ridiculously more important than we realize that the digestive system work properly. it kind of effects the rest of your life. but immediately after the ops, i felt better. mom took me to panera for lunch. it was the first time i had eaten anything solid in two weeks. i may have gone slightly overboard for a first meal back: you pick 2-roast beef asiago sandwich, chicken noodle soup & a carmel latte..? it was delicious and satisfying though! carmel lattes have been a recent development. i want them all of the time. i go through stages of how i like my coffee. for the past three months, it has been nothing but black. before that it was a splash of vanilla soy milk, before that..pumpkin spice creamer. now apparently i'm all about the carmel. taste buds change. who knew it could be such a rapid transformation?

valentine's day is over, and while i am in no way against the celebration of love, hallmark definitely makes out like bandits on the 14th of february. throughout my life, i've only been in a relationship during two valentine's days-same boy-two years in a row. because of this, i've come to see valentine's day as a celebration of all types of love: family-love, friendship-love, romantic-love, and most importantly, God's love.
we live our lives looking for love. why? the greatest, most meaningful love that exists is right in front of us. "for God so LOVED the world, that He sent His only begotten son, so that whoever believed in Him would not perish, but have eternal life" -John 3:16

1 Corinthians 13 is the love chapter. it's not a passage i read often, but it is always there, in the back of my mind, reminding me what love is and is not. what i have realized is that God well.

...patient, kind, not proud, not jealous, not boastful, not rude, does not demand its own way, is not irritable, does not rejoice over injustice, does not keep a record of wrongs, does not ever give up, never loses faith, rejoices when truth wins out, is alway hopeful, and endures every circumstance.

wow, really..that's amazing. nothing we do, nothing we say, will ever change God's love for us. it is unfailing, enduring, eternal. there is no end or beginning to it.

we as children of the Lord are called to live lives of love. does the example of love we set for those around us reflect the example God has given us? can you go through this passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and replace the word 'love' with your name? Ellie is patient, Ellie is kind...Ellie never loses faith, she endures every circumstance. i can't. i am a human being, i am inconsistent and sinful. but i want to be like Jesus, like God. i want to be an unwavering example of His love.

Paul tells us that love will last forever in 1 Corinthians 13:8. why will love last forever? because God IS love. three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love...but the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13) without love, we are nothing..we have nothing..we give nothing.

Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your soul, strength, and mind. the second is to love your neighbor as yourself.

what is the very best love in life? it is a deep love relationship with Jesus. no man can possibly compare to Jesus. --falling in love with Jesus

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