Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYWW: Love is an Action Verb

 Beyonce is my model for today.
But I didn't know she looked like Julia Roberts!!!
At least, in my finished painting she does!! Ha ha

 "If I have not love, I am nothing." 1 Cor. 13:2
I asked God once if He could love me more, 
and I got this answer in my heart-
"You are like a tree planted beside a running stream. 
Just as the tree, if it stretches out its branches, 
can hold more water, 
if you stretch out your arms out in love to others, 
you will be able to hold more of my love."

 Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 
talks about faith, hope and love. 
Faith is not needed in eternity 
because we will see everything. 
In heaven, all the promises are fulfilled, 
so we do not need hope. 
Only love remains. 
It is the currency of heaven. 
It will never be obsolete or unnecessary. 
And that is why we should practice 
love today and every day. 
Until we become experts in 
loving God and our neighbors!

 It's difficult but perhaps if we read 
1 Corinthians 13 line by line and 
really let it sink into our hearts, 
we will be able to love the way God wants us to. 
For instance, "LOVE is not pompous". 
Do I act as if I am entitled? 
Am I courteous, especially to the poor, 
and those with no standing in the world? 
Am I kind to Lucy, my helper, 
saying please and thank you? 
Do I take account of her feelings, 
not expecting her to be at my beck and call 
but allowing her to rest and have time off?
Contrary to what the movies and TV shows display, 
love is an action verb, not a feeling. 
And because it is an action verb, 
we will be able to SEE whether or not 
we love as God wants us to love!

 "...a body is one though it has many parts..." 
1 Cor. 12:12
I think about what an amazing "machine" the body is! 
How in the diversity of parts and organs, 
there is unity. 
So complex, but all the parts working together 
from the time we get up in the morning 
to when we retire at night,
 and still working tirelessly while we sleep. 
Can you imagine if one hand was using the computer, 
and other was pulling it away, 
one foot wanted to dance 
and the other was fast asleep? 
Or if our heart wanted to rest for a while?

Or imagine a basketball team with 
all Centers crowding around the basket! 
Or an orchestra composed of 
all conductors with one violinist!

In the Church, we are all given 
different roles, different gifts. 
And because God wants to bring Heaven to earth, 
we have to discover our gifts from the Holy Spirit, 
develop them and use them! 
To do what Jesus tasked us to do, 
"make disciples of all nations...", 
we need unity in diversity, 
all of us working together!



  1. Beautiful artwork. Thanks for sharing today. Hope you have a great day and a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #47 x

  2. As always, beautiful artwork and an inspiring post!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #38

  3. Lovely words and art, Patsy - thanks for sharing. Hugs, Chris # 29

  4. Your faces sure look better than mine! One of them reminds me of Julia Roberts! Zsuzsa #64

  5. Inspiring, as always, Patsy! Have a blessed week!

  6. Lovely art, Patsy. Thanks for sharing your space and your projects. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Kathy Jo #41

  7. I saw your painting at WAW and came over for a closer look. Your lady is stunning. She reminds me of the worship singer, Stephanie (Frizzel) Gretzinger.
    Blessing hugs,

  8. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this Patsy!
    Word Art Wednesday


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