We may feel hurt, as God does.
We may feel disgust, as God does.
Love not only allows these feelings; it requires them.”
~Leslie Leyland Fields
… best statement of this aspect of love I’ve ever seen. Thanks, Camille, for finding this.
When you really start to try to love people, you quickly realize how incredible God must be as a Person, because we really don’t have any idea at all how much it COSTS to love someone who is imperfect.
Anything anyone has ever done to hurt me pales in comparison to what I have done to the Lord, or do to Him accidentally every day.
I get offended when people in whom I’ve invested repay me with malice, or betray my trust, or try to manipulate my emotions, or regard me as irrelevant until they “need” something…. but I do those things to God all the time. I get frustrated easily and decide “loving people just isn’t worth it” … but God doesn’t give up on me. I get tired of experiencing “grace always costs the giver” … does He?
So much still to learn.
I write. I design. I cook. I read. I make music. I talk to people -- all kinds of people.
I used to teach and hopefully will do so again someday.
My dream job would be a cross between barrista and consultant, with a large helping of international travel and bohemian wandering through concerts, museums, galleries, and open spaces.
Somewhere back in time, my students started calling me "RameyLady" and the name stuck. I like it. There's a Ramey-man too. He's a much better writer but he seems to be too humble to share it with the world....at least, not yet.