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Love Overflows

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  – Romans 15:13 Empty

Have you ever run out of gas in your car?  It is a terrible feeling that can lead to much frustration. Typically, when we run out of gas, we know the tank is about empty.  We just didn’t realize it was THAT empty.    Even more worse than an empty gas tank is an empty emotional tank (heart).  My kids are older now, but when they were young, I often hit “E” when it was about bed time.  I desperately wanted to be the dad who read “one more” book, but often times I just did not have it in me.  I was tired, worn out and becoming more grumpy by the second.  The gauge registered “E” and I was running on fumes.

Love Overflows.

overflowing-cupAs parents we desperately want to love our children.   We want to meet their mistakes and messes  with patience.    We want to discipline them without yelling or losing our temper.  We want our words to encourage them and breath life into their souls.  We want to play “one more” time even when we are exhausted.  We want to be the kind of person today we hope they will be tomorrow.  We want to love them.

Love Overflows.

Love begins with God, God is love and God loves. Love is the overflow of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit relating to one another.  Before we can genuinely and easily love others we must first be loved by God.  Therefore, the first priority of faithful parenting is not to  love your children, but abiding in God’s love for you. In order to give love to our children, we must first receive love from God.  You simply cannot give what you have not received. As you learn to remain under the waterfall of God’s love your own heart will become full and begin to overflow.  Then when you bump up against others  in your family what spills out of you will be love.

For further consideration:

What would it feel like to love your family from the very heart of your being?

What practices have you learned that help  you to abide in God’s love?

Think about a time you felt radically loved by God or other people.  Sit with that memory, enjoy it, give God thanks for it.

 

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