Thursday, January 30, 2014

What's Love got to do with it?

Many people have the wrong idea. The life of a priest is not quite what you (or I) imagined. In winter, I am the mouse catcher. All year round, I move things and tote things. Oh, and I work as an amateur plumber.

As plumber, I notice things. As a rule, men seem to be proud of what they do. I say that because they seldom flush. I can’t say my parents ever taught me that, but women seem to have mastered that feat.
Have you bailed out of something and left a mess for others? Worse yet, did you do it with a text or email?

Christ expects more of us. Community requires it. The fuel of a family, a business or a church is the trust built through honoring one another, even when it is tough. It takes sacrifice to grow relationships that breathe life. Commitments honored build worthwhile relationships. And, if we need to change things, face-to-face is the way of love.

Is there someone you owe an apology to? Can you find a loving way to honor your commitments?

Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 (NRSV)