Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Love Them More

Kelly Clarkson is everywhere these days -- on the cover of magazines, in her new show Duets (which looks like soo much fun...) and telling everyone about how she lost 30 pounds. 
I have always been a fan of her tough, cool voice and attitude, but lately I am mesmerized by her wrist tattoo -- a cross with the words:  Love Them More

Today's writing challenge is to steal -- meaning, to look around you for inspiration.  Like an artist creating a collage or a mosaic, I gather up what is in my life and I make something new and beautiful to share.  So, I thought about this quote, which Clarkson says is not just in relation to her friends, but also to those who are not -- the nay-sayers and the haters. 

Hmm.  I don't know Miss Clarkson's heart, but that's some heavy spiritual truth right there.
Let "love them more" be the mantra in your head when you are feeling the opposite:

Your children are misbehaving and all your efforts seem in vain.  Love them more.
Your husband hasn't been as romantic as you'd like and you can't remember the last time you felt "in love." Love him more.

There's that girl again who hates your guts. What's up with her?  Love her more.
The people you serve (a class, a church, a family, a business) do not appreciate you or agree with you and you are wondering what God is up to. Love them more.
Your family thinks you're crazy -- they don't understand you and the way you live.  Love them more.
Loving others is hard.  It can only be done with God's strength - not our own. 
I won't go get a tattoo, but I will try to remember this -- to LIVE this -- today.

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