Savoring Summer #37: Waterfall of Grass

IMG_2278 edit.jpg“Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.  Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.  For even Christ did not please himself.” (Romans 15:1-3)

These days, there’s so much emphasis on self-care, and self-promotion, and setting boundaries, and “doing what’s right for you”.  These have their place, certainly, but it’s easy to cross the line from taking good care of yourself to simply being self-centered and self-serving.

We are actually called to live thoughtfully of others before ourselves.  

I imagine it like us going on a family hike.  Which is to say, we go as fast as the four-year-old can go.  Of course, my husband and I are quite capable of going twice her speed—and there are times when we kind of wish we could.  Yet, we slow our steps, wait for her when she falls behind, take her hand to help her along.   We set aside our strength and bear with her weakness because we love her.

“Love does not seek its own.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)

P.S. See this original post for info about this photo challenge and more about this reading plan I’m using this summer for the book of Romans (and I’d love to have you join in!)!IMG_1464 editAbout the photo: I always admire the way this particular variety of grass gracefully and naturally bends.  I’m not as up on my grass identification, so if anyone can tell me what kind of grass it is, please comment and let me know!

One thought on “Savoring Summer #37: Waterfall of Grass

  1. The example when it comes to this verse that is always at the forefront of my mind is modesty in what you wear. The public school setting is a great example of this. I was constantly appalled at what my boys had to be subjected to looking at as the girls would show up to school in their low cut shirts and tight yoga pants. This would be a great place to help you fellow brother in Christ out!!! Be modest in your attire so my boys don’t fall into sin by looking at the way you are dressed!!! ugh
    Some may say “well I should be able to wear ANYTHING” I want.” ok…..if you knew a friend was trying to lose weight would you willingly eat a big piece of chocolate cake in front of her? I don’t think so…..
    Lord may my actions and words always help my brothers and sisters to walk closely to the Lord.

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