July 20th, a day we all float through with so many emotions. On this 7th anniversary of Taylor’s homegoing, I’ve prayed about even posting anything this year. We have so much to rejoice about in this season with Gary finally almost healed from 9 weeks of pneumonia, just to name one great praise!
The ache is still there but the joy knowing Taylor made Jesus the Lord of his life and is in His presence is such an overwhelming picture of peace and joy for me. My sorrow and joy are still dancing together…yet I asked the Lord if there was something He wanted me to share.
While praying throughout the day about this yesterday, I was walking down the hall and saw a framed copy of Taylor’s version of 1st Corinthians 13 he wrote during his premarital counseling. Reading in the hallway, I realized his paraphrase is so apropos for the state of the world right now. They also represent how Taylor seemed to love better than most.
I pray it inspires you as it challenges me to step up in areas of my life where I am weak in love…
1 Corinthians 13
- Real love is being calm and silent when our human nature wants everything instantly.
- Love doesn’t allow us to want anything from what our loved ones have.
- True love doesn’t let us show that we are better to another but humbles us to what others need or don’t have in life.
- Love shows no difference in life’s classes, allowing everyone to be equal.
- When we truly love, we don’t put others down in anyway. Instead we build them up.
- Love doesn’t allow us to put ourselves first but put others in front of ourselves.
- It is calm and relaxed throughout stress, frustration and hurt.
- It forgives wrongs done to us & leaves the past problems in the past.
- When we love legitimately, we stay away from evil and sinful practices & places.
- It fights for the ones they love & even ones they don’t know.
- It is believing no matter what your thoughts were at first, they are telling the truth if they say they are.
- Love always is pushing for the best.
- It always continues through hardships & trials.