It’s easy for me to throw the word “love” around. I love football and watching movies and eating buttery popcorn. I love dark chocolates with sea sprinkles.

But I know real love is gritty and tough. Way more than the sentimental feelings we usually wrap around it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pastors read 1 Corinthians 13 as soon-to-be newlyweds gaze into each other’s eyes. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous….” Sounds so nice. But the everyday living it? That’s a different challenge. That’s where real love shows up.

Love is patient and kind…

even when your four-year-old throws a tantrum in public and you feel like pretending he’s not yours–at least until everyone stops staring.

Love is not jealous…

even when your son’s best friend goes to Costa Rica for spring break and you’re left trying to convince your son why staying behind in snowy Minnesota is better (and easier on your budget).

The vacation in Costa Rica you wished your son could have.

or boastful or proud or rude…

even when you need to get on the next flight ASAP but the airline rep isn’t buying it.

Love isn’t rude even when some people can be difficult.

Love does not demand its own way…

even when you know you’re right.

Clearly we’re supposed to go left, not right.

It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged…

even when what they’re saying about you at work isn’t true. And it really hurts.

Love doesn’t keep score even someone hasn’t, and likely never will, ask for forgiveness.

Love does not rejoice about injustice…

even when the result of that injustice means she got what she had coming to her.

Love doesn’t gloat and isn’t even secretly glad she got what she deserved.

but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

even when disappointment seems to hang heavy in the air and you feel let down.

Love always looks for the best even when the worst is so much easier to find.

Real love lasts forever!

even when you’re tired of trying to come up with one more way to explain a tough math problem.

Love is being hopeful and cheering on those you love to keep being hopeful too.

Real love lasts forever!

What does real love look like for you and your family?

I’d love to hear from you!


2018 © Carol Garborg

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