Much as I'd like to ignore the fact, our world is very me-focused. I'd like to think that I'm above the fray. I'd like to think incorrectly. How many times a day do I balance the needs of others against mine and want mine to prevail? In fact, it was only a couple weeks ago that I sat in church and wrote in my journal it was time to relinquish my rights. My right to sleep -- I have a 2 1/2 month old after all. My rights in my so many areas. And then with the Bible study No Other Gods so many of my idols stem from concern about what others think of me and my rights.
This book is a great way to begin addressing those issues. In the practical style that I appreciate from Dr. Chapman, he lays out seven secrets to love.
- Kindness: discovering the joy of helping others
- Patience: accepting the imperfections of others
- Forgiveness: Finding Freedom from the Grip of Anger
- Courtesy: Treating Others as Friends
- Humility: Stepping Down so Someone Else can Step Up
- Generosity: Giving Yourself to Others
- Honesty: Revealing Who You Really Are.
In fact, I think I may adapt some of them and work with the kids on them this year in school. Watch out, Abigail and Jonathan. We're on a mission to learn how to actively love each other!
The publisher has provided two copies for a giveaway. Leave a comment with an example of how you have chosen to love someone to be entered in the giveaway. I'd love to hear your ideas!