For me, it made me think of a scripture reading. Reading it again now, I am filled with a new sense of understanding on how this applies to me life beyond my marriage, my children, my family. Being ambitious for the higher gifts is a call to nurture what I can achieve today because today is truly all I have.
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8I wrote all the above before this Tuesday, when something very serious took place in my world, involving someone I love. I fear another loss. I fear dealing with another death. I am not ready. When are we ever ready? Today I am hanging on to the final thought in the reading: It (love) is always ready to . . . . endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.
Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them. If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever. Love is always patient and kind; it is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.
I will write again when I can share publicly what it going on.