Pain is the universal language. We all speak it because none of us gets outa here without feeling it. LOVE, however, is the ONE you want to learn. When your language is chronic pain you just want it to stop and, far too often it doesn’t – you do. This language separates you from others. When your language is LOVE, you can’t stop. Your words and your actions are moving you toward your opus and, magnetically, at least a few other humans are drawn closer. Funny, huh.
Pain tells you to stop.
LOVE propels you forward. LOVE inspires you to get better. Here’s the problem. Learning any new language is a pain. Learning anything to build a virtuous, second nature is always more painful than simply doing what comes naturally. Learning is acutely painful. Choose this pain. Love, you see, is God’s native tongue.
“LOVE suffers long and is kind; LOVE does not envy; LOVE does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity; but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Today, Rich Nathan challenged all in attendance at Vineyard Church to love more/envy less. I know for me this shows up when comparing myself to some stiff in a similar position. I can’t be happy for his/her success, instead, I can’t believe they get paid. I mean, come on man, BTL is so superior. My challenge is to stop the compare and be happy for my competitor. My challenge is to replace envy and, instead, emulate. Here’s the good news. I don’t need to ‘be like Mike,’ as the old Gatorade jingle encouraged. Nope I don’t need to emulate Mike or Tim, Tom, Dick, or Harry.
I gotta learn to emulate Jesus and learn to envy less/love more – a lot more. I gotta learn God’s native tongue, and love more. Thanks, Rich, for the reminder. The more I learn the less I know and the more I’m aware of how far I have to go. God, help me emulate you. God, help me forget trying to be like Mike or any other. Good…