My friend, may I ask you a question? What about love? Is there ever a point of no return; a place where too much love can become a detriment? Can too much love backfire? Isn't there a time when the loving needs to stop long enough so that we don't harm ourselves in the process? Is there a point to overdoing our love for others?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Do you consider yourself an extreme person? People given to extremes tend to push the edge and, normally, bargain for just a little bit more than they can handle. Push far enough and, as the old adage goes, "The breaking point happens at the point of no return." I was thinking about this the other day as I was fixing a loose nut on my snow-thrower shoot. I'm one of those guys given to tightening things as tightly as I can. It’s my habit to apply as much torque as possible to make absolutely sure that a particular nut won't come loose again. It doesn't matter that nuts and bolts have a tolerance factor designed into them; I just keep tightening things until, well, sometimes they break. It did.
What about love? Is there ever a point of no return; a place where too much love can become a detriment? Can too much love backfire? Isn't there a time when the loving needs to stop long enough so that we don't harm ourselves in the process? Is there a point to overdoing our love for others?
Here's a story: In September 1992, Jack Kelley, foreign affairs editor for USA Today, witnessed firsthand the famine in Somalia. One particular starving boy touched Kelley: "Our photographer had a grapefruit, which he gave to the boy. The boy was so weak he didn't have the strength to hold the grapefruit, so we cut it in half and gave it to him. He picked it up, looked at us as if to say thanks, and began to walk back towards his village. We walked behind him in a way that he couldn't see us. When he entered the village, there on the ground was a little boy who I thought was dead. His eyes were completely glazed over. It turned out that this was his younger brother. The older brother kneeled down next to his younger brother, bit off a piece of the grapefruit, and chewed it. Then he opened up his younger brother's mouth, put the grapefruit in, and worked his brother's jaw up and down. We learned that the older brother had been doing that for the younger brother for two weeks. A couple days later the older brother died of malnutrition, and the younger brother lived. I remember driving home that night thinking, I wonder if this is what Jesus meant when he said, 'There is no greater love than to lay down our life for somebody else'” (Source unknown)
Do you love others as yourself? How about more than yourself? Mother Teresa wrote: "I have found that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, but only more love." Unlike that nut on my snow thrower, God designed people to handle extreme love. There is no breaking point when it comes to applying all the love we can. Today would be a great day to find someone who needs your love. Jump in and give it all you can. The great thing about love is that it has no tolerance limit for your personal torque; you'll never exceed God's specifications for applying love. He designed it that way.
We pray. Heavenly Father. I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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