Most of us are known to bend over backwards in the name of love.
While it’s wonderful to love and be loved,
we should never do it at the cost of our own health.
We can only stretch so far before we pop out of shape.
When we get to the point we can no longer stand upright,
it is usually too late.
Don’t let yourself get to the point you wither and die.
Always be willing to love, support, and help within your means,
but the key is to know your limits.
Balance is difficult when it comes to love.
And of course, there are those rare ones who can bend over backwards and still thrive.
Maybe they just happen to have their own support systems;
the ones who provide for them when they’ve given out.
Maybe the truly beautiful are simply made of love;
love that is rooted and abundantly grows in all circumstances.
Maybe the answer is to do what we do in the name of love,
and the rest will follow.
Living in the Gap
January 9, 2012 – Spirit of shared song
My mother and I attended a memorial service for a friend. I noticed she did not participate in the singing of the first hymn. It occurred to me I’d never heard my mother sing; just as my own children have probably never heard me sing. I thought she probably never sang, because like me, she was embarrassed as to what others would think of her singing voice. The second hymn was “How Great Thou Art”. My mother started singing right along with me. Our shaky, squeaky voices somehow blended into melody with the many beautiful voices surrounding us. She and I were one with our timid reverence as we somehow managed to get past our insecurities and connect in song. At that moment, her voice was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard. I’m sure God feels that way every time any of us sing. How special we are!