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Permanent Residence

1 John 4:7-18

Where does your heart live?  I mean, what things consume your time?  What is on your to-do list?  When I was single and working full time I could get my to-do list done regularly every week.  I could with clear conscience lay on the couch reading a book without a nagging thought about the things I should be getting done.  NOW, the to-do list is ever revolving and never ending.  As I near the end of one list, mental or a crumpled piece of paper, a new list is emerges with a bundle of tasks that piled up while I was working on a different list.  When life is really rolling well I can manage multiple lists concurrently keeping them all shorter than longer.  But is this really the best way to live?  I wonder, is this the permanent way of my life?

In 1 John 4 in the Message paraphrase it says: “God is love.  When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us…”

The words permanent residence really jumped off the page at me.  This is the answer to the way I want to live permanently – in a life of love – in God.  But how does that inform my never ending to-do lists?  It is amazing how God works –the same week I read something about to-do lists in another book.  When that happens I know I have to stop and pay attention and pause to soak in what I need to learn.

Ann VosKamp in her new book “The Broken Way” shares about an aha moment.  It happens when she is scrubbing the dirt ring off the bathroom tub left by her Farmer husband after he soaked the dirt of the workday away.  What if our to-do lists get tossed out and thrown away and we only work off of to-love lists?

O course!  In a permanent residence of love there are no to-do lists, just to-love lists!   When I was single and could finish my to-do lists I was often very lonely.  Most days I have been happy for my to-do lists because it means my life is full of those I love.  The next step for me in settling into my permanent residence of love is to transform my language and thoughts about what I do as a spouse and parent.  1 John calls us to love and my next step is to start my to-love lists and maybe even leave them around for others in the family to see!

This week talk to your children about your lists and how they are ways you choose to love the family and others around you.  Ask them to come up with their own to-love lists.

Here’s to making those to-love lists!

Denise

Blog Entry 6 – 1 John 4:7-18

Permanent Residence

Where does your heart live?  I mean, what things consume your time?  What is on your to-do list?  When I was single and working full time I could get my to-do list done regularly every week.  I could with clear conscience lay on the couch reading a book without a nagging thought about the things I should be getting done.  NOW, the to-do list is ever revolving and never ending.  As I near the end of one list, mental or a crumpled piece of paper, a new list is emerges with a bundle of tasks that piled up while I was working on a different list.  When life is really rolling well I can manage multiple lists concurrently keeping them all shorter than longer.  But is this really the best way to live?  I wonder, is this the permanent way of my life?

In 1 John 4 in the Message paraphrase it says: “God is love.  When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us…”

The words permanent residence really jumped off the page at me.  This is the answer to the way I want to live permanently – in a life of love – in God.  But how does that inform my never ending to-do lists?  It is amazing how God works –the same week I read something about to-do lists in another book.  When that happens I know I have to stop and pay attention and pause to soak in what I need to learn.

Ann VosKamp in her new book “The Broken Way” shares about an aha moment.  It happens when she is scrubbing the dirt ring off the bathroom tub left by her Farmer husband after he soaked the dirt of the workday away.  What if our to-do lists get tossed out and thrown away and we only work off of to-love lists?

O course!  In a permanent residence of love there are no to-do lists, just to-love lists!   When I was single and could finish my to-do lists I was often very lonely.  Most days I have been happy for my to-do lists because it means my life is full of those I love.  The next step for me in settling into my permanent residence of love is to transform my language and thoughts about what I do as a spouse and parent.  1 John calls us to love and my next step is to start my to-love lists and maybe even leave them around for others in the family to see!

This week talk to your children about your lists and how they are ways you choose to love the family and others around you.  Ask them to come up with their own to-love lists.

Here’s to making those to-love lists!

Denise