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Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Feb. 19, 2010
Recently my bathtub decided not to drain properly. I spent some time pulling out wads of hair and putting in a fair amount of drain cleaner, but to no avail. It took a couple of days working on it to finally get that clog moving. This little adventure got me thinking about how we clog up our lives with all kinds of things, most of them unimportant. When things aren't right and we don't know what to do about it we often go looking for the answer in all the wrong places.
Love is not static. At least not the love that Paul describes in I Corinthians 13. Love is an action word, and it requires that we act. God loves us and His act of love was Jesus dying on the cross on our behalf. Just as God put His love into action for us, we too must put our love into action towards the world.
Sometimes love feels like that clogged drain and it seems as if nothing is happening. However, if we keep working at it soon enough it begins to flow freely. Love never fails. People sometimes fail, but that is not love's fault. When people fail it does not give us reason to harden our hearts to the point that nothing can get in. Instead, when people fail, chose love. It will make all the difference not only in you, but in the world that is watching you.
Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to tim@BroadRippleGazette.com