“Let all that you do be done in love.”  -1 Corinthians 16:14

 

My kids have been asking about getting some sort of family pet for a while. I decided it would be a good chance for the kids to learn lessons of responsibility. They began to save their money and do odd jobs to earn money in order to get a rabbit. Finally after about six months, they had the money together, and we welcomed Miss Cuddles into our family.

The kids learned how to care for it, and they trained it to use a litter box. The rabbit was trained and all was great, except for one small thing. Early one morning, as I was praying and reading the Bible, I heard these strange noises coming from behind the couch. As I checked out what the rabbit was doing, I saw Miss Cuddles munching on the carpet. She looked up at me with her big brown eyes and almost smiled at me as a few strings of carpet were hanging from her mouth. I immediately knew…this was war.

What proceeded was an all-out war between me and Miss Cuddles. Anytime that I saw or heard her going after the carpet, I would yell and get after her with the broom to move her away from the carpet.

There wasn’t much love flowing from me towards this rabbit. She wanted to eat carpet, and I wanted to eat rabbit stew. My family, on the other hand, continued to display love and affection towards her, even if they had to go after her with the broom. Anytime I showed up in the room, she ran away. The rest of my family, however, she gladly spent time with.

It was a clear picture to me of the importance and power of love. Our actions towards our spouse, kids, neighbors, strangers, church, and everyone needs to be done in love.

Let all that we do be done in love!

P.S. I am slowly but surely repairing my relationship with Miss Cuddles, and all is good.

Ben Lennander
Candlewood Church
Lincoln, NE

 

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