Love is Sacrificial
The technician from the dealership said he would give it a good check up and let us know the problem and what needed to be fixed.
While waiting on the diagnosis, I began thinking about areas in my life that needed a good check up. It's easy to recognize that there's more than one place that could use some "fixing" from God's healing hand.
My most glaring need today centers around how I allow my personal agenda and selfishness to keep me from loving others and treating them as I should. I don't always feel loving toward those around me and I allow my feelings to dictate my actions.
It's easy to be loving and kind toward my stepchildren when they're being respectful and obedient. But it's a lot harder to continue to love them when they're rude and offensive.
However, I'm frequently reminded of the commitment I made when I married my husband. I married him "for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health." I committed to loving him and his children, even on days I didn't feel like it.
So today I will ask for the Lord's help to show sacrificial love to my stepchildren. It doesn't mean I will like their behavior or agree with their choices, but I will seek to honor the Golden Rule with them: "Do for others what you would like them to do for you" (Matthew 7:12).
I will expect nothing in return but know that God sees my heart and my desire to honor Him.
Does your heart need a check up today? Are there areas that need God's healing hand?
When Love is Not Enough
Creating a Stable Stepfamily: Offer Love and Grace Freely
Healthy Stepparenting: Don't Keep Score