Forgetful Love

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I can remember being in my classroom teaching kindergarten and one of my students were misbehaving. I continued to correct them and give them a warning  of what my next discipline action would be. They continued  to misbehave. This particular student loved to help me during story time so i decided that I would get another student to help me. My misbehaving student was so upset and hurt. They kept say, “I promise I be good.” For the remainder of the day my student was so hurt and upset that he just sat with his head down until it was time to go home.

I couldn’t help but think about my little student when I went home. I thought about how  awesome my student normally behaves. I thought about how my student typically is my best student. I thought about tomorrow and how I hoped I didn’t have to give his mom another bad report or have to use someone else during story time. I didn’t want to have to take away the things he enjoyed or watch him have a bad mood for so long. When he worked in class he was so creative and funny and he sought my approval of everything he did hoping I would like it as much as he did.

The next day while I was waiting for to receive my students he came running through the doors as usual and ran straight to me and hugged me. He continued the day as he use to. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was going to have a bad day or not. I also couldn’t believe that it was almost as if he couldn’t remember yesterday. He was no longer mad or upset. He continued to be the loveable, creative, fun kid he had always been. I couldn’t help but forget how horrible his bad day was and love him for that new day!

I remember someone saying that in order for them to love me they had to have a forgetful memory. I remember wondering what that meant when  they initially said it until they continued to explain. “If I look at you through your mistakes it will make it hard for me to love you. I have to forget…..to continue to love you.” 1Cor.. 13:5 “‘love keeps no record of wrong.” Some of us keep wrap sheets of others wrongs and we remember the mistakes and it hinders us from moving forward. I am guilty of this at times because i seek to protect my feelings or have a handle on the future. But love is forgetful and it keeps no record of your wrongs and mistakes. Meaning, things you no longer do your imperfect ways of being. Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” God is so merciful that when we repent and are genuinely remorseful in our mistakes and we want to change and do better….He doesnt hold our mistakes against us.  Now dont misunderstand, there are some things and situations that vary as it pertains to your well-being. But for the most part we can try not to keep a record of wrong that prevents us from loving with the love of God.

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Focus: keeping no record of others wrongs-it causes us to withhold the love of God.

Prayer: Lord thank you for another day that you have allowed us to make it to. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for reminding us in your word that as far as the east is from the west…thats where are sins are when we confess, repent and turn away from them. Thank you for not holding our past or the flaws that we have against us. Than you for not withholding your love. God help us to love with your love. Help us to forgive one another with your heart. help us to forget the wrongs that others have done to us so that when we pray for them, see them or think of them our hearts are pure. In Jesus Name Amen.

A New Year!!!

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A new year to reflect on the last

To release the past- remembering to learn the lessons it offered- without my asking
A chance to face the newness of last years tears- consoled by this years anticipated
new beginnings
A new year to wrap away the last-with old Christmas gift wrappings and present to my old self
Because the new year has better gifts for me
Gifts that makes last year a faded memory- with only flashbacks of lost loves
And choked tears
Great moments that refused to hold on to me- and agonizing ones that wouldn’t release me
A new year to experience the Love of God that exceeds its capacity beyond my greatest need
At the same time this love – I await it’s continued transforming ability
And the things my God has promised me
A new year I humbly enter in- knowing that others were unable to make the count down with me
The last year swallowed their laughter- attempting to dissipate the very image of their smiles
But I’m thankful that the new year gives out sampled dreams and snapshot photographs -familiar places won’t disappear with last years snatch
A new year to have intentional purpose for God and fulfillment-that will fill the voids of last years self-centeredness
Giving everything in this new year more meaning
A new year- bringing newness by demand
Therefore a new me- a new creation- new lover and friend
I gladly take this New Year by the hand praying- fear, criticism,doubt and everything YOU struggle with fell off of YOU as soon as the count down began
To make this a
Happy New Year!!!!!
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Can I Borrow $25 ?

 
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A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year
 
old son waiting for him at the door.


SON: ‘Daddy, may I ask you a question?’
 
DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
 
SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’
 
DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the
 
man said angrily.
 
SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an
 
hour?’
 
DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’
 
SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.
 
SON: ‘Daddy, may I please borrow $25?’


The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you
 
can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then
 
you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why
 
you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish
 
frivolities.’ The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.


The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s
 
questions.  How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After
 
about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think:
 
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and
 
he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of
 
the little boy’s room and opened the door. ‘Are you asleep, son?’ He
 
asked. ‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy. ‘I’ve been thinking,
 
maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man. ‘It’s been a long
 
day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you
 
asked for.’


The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’
 
He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled
 
up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get
 
angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then
 
looked up at his father. ‘Why do you want more money if you already
 
have some?’ the father grumbled. Because I didn’t have enough, but now
 
I do,’ the little boy replied. ‘Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an
 
hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to
 
have dinner with you.’


The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he
 
begged for his forgiveness. It’s just a short reminder to all of you
 
working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our
 
fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to
 
us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of
 
your time with someone you love.


If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily
 
replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave
 
behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

 

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