Last week I challenged you to reconcile with someone. How did that go? I called (only once) the person I know has an issue with me but she didn’t call me back. Should I stop, saying “Well, I called. She didn’t call me back. Now it’s on her.” While that may be tempting, I know that’s not acceptable. Romans 12:18 says, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone” (NLT). Making one phone call is not doing all I can to live at peace with this person. I can call again. I can email or text her, write and mail her a letter, send a gift with a note, drop by her house, invite her to dinner, cook her dinner…I think you understand what I am saying. Our world of disposal products and instantaneous food and electronic results has us disposing of people who don’t immediately (or at all) respond the way we want them to. This is not the way of love. “Love is patient, love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). So as we attempt to reconcile with the one we offended or the one who offended us, let us remember what true love is and seek to show it.
Take a Risk Challenge: *Make another attempt to reconcile with the person that you may have been unsuccessful with last week. If you are capable, try one of the suggestions listed above or come up with your own. Making another attempt truly is a radical act of love.
*This challenge is not for people to place themselves back into an abusive situation. If you are in danger, you need to seek safety.
My One Thousand Gifts List
My gifts and heartfelt not from Ruth for my birthday
Justus and Nathaniel’s joy at seeing me arrive home
My husband’s touch
My cooking video featured on The Brand New Mommy blog
Not grieving over my grandfather’s death, who passed
Flynn being able to get rest even though I wasn’t able to
Clarity of thought answering interview questions for my EEW Magazine profile
Being on the radio with Pastor Brooks to discuss Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood
Tayshawn for being brave enough to call into the radio station
Selling eight books