A Hard Time to Love

It’s a hard time to be patient.

With social distancing. With our families. With our Amazon orders.

It’s a hard time to not be easily angered.

By our government. By friends on social media. By our kitchens that just won’t stay clean because they are constantly in use.

It’s a hard time to not keep a record of wrongs.

Of policy disagreements. Of that comment you can’t believe that person just posted. Of the fact that your grocery store is out of basil pesto, so they subbed basil tomato sauce instead. And your sandwich just wasn’t the same because of it.

In short, it’s a hard time to love.

To rejoice.

To trust. To hope. To persevere.

To see through everything that is happening to catch glimpses of what God is doing.

And this is why we have to keep our minds fixed on Jesus.

Yes, these minds of ours that get worked up by all of these other things.

They’ve gotta be steadied. They’ve gotta be transformed and renewed. Re-minded.

Yes, I know you may have been at this for awhile. But remember, it’s a long – a *life*long – process.

And Jesus is the only one who can do it. He is the only one who boomerangs evil into good. He is the only one who sees the big picture of how He is renewing creation to bring heaven to earth and invites us into it.

But how do we accept that invitation?

By deciding – day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute – we want to partner with Him. To let Him empower us to love like He loves.

With a love that is patient. And not easily angered. And doesn’t hold grudges.

For surely, it is a great time for love.

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