Max Lucado is one of the masters when it comes to writing inspiring and biblical-sound books and devotionals.
The following excerpt came from his book, Grace for the Moment; I included it in my prayer journal a few years ago. It came back around this morning and was a good reminder to me. I thought I’d share it with you; I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.
- Wouldn’t it be nice if love were like a cafeteria line? What if you could look at the person with whom you live and select what you want and pass on what you don’t? What if parents could do this with kids? “I’ll take a plate of good grades and cute smiles, and I’m passing on the teenage identity crisis and tuition bills.”
- What if kids could do the same with parents? “Please give me a helping of allowances and free lodging but no rules or curfews, thank you.”
- And spouse with spouse? “H’m, how about a bowl of good health and good moods. But job transfers, in-laws, and laundry are not on my diet.”
- Wouldn’t it be great if love were like a cafeteria line? It would be easier. It would be neater. It would be painless and peaceful. But you know what? It wouldn’t be love. Love doesn’t accept just a few things. Love is willing to accept all things. _Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment, p. 57
1 Corinthians 13:4-8New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.