Monday, February 7, 2011

Mother Teresa and Brad Womack's Abs

I am a little pencil
in the hand

of a writing God
who is sending
a love letter
to the world.
-Mother Teresa-

At LIFE tonight the theme was about the connection between love and service. (Awesome job on the talk by the way, Jenko!!)

Ironically enough, when I got home I turned on The Bachelor. The contrast was so great that I couldn't not write about it.

Jesus's idea of love is to serve others.

The world's idea of love is to desperately seek someone who can serve you, who can meet your needs, and who ultimately will never let you down. The world's idea of love is spending time in Costa Rica with Brad Womack's amazing abs.

Hate it break it to ya, America, but those abs ain't gonna last forever. (His commitment issues, however, probably will. ZING!)

I feel like I am constantly sucked into the lie that this life is about ME. What I can get. What I look like. Who I will marry. What I can accomplish. What I want to do with my free time. How many things I can check off my to-do list while still getting plenty of sleep.

After LIFE tonight, I am reminded that life, real life - is not about what I can get.

It's about what I can give.

If I write a kind two-word note to one of my students on a post-it, I am showing love.

If I stop to thank the custodian and ask about her day, I am showing love.

If I tie a kindergartener's shoe at breakfast, I am showing love.

If I am vigilant about noticing the needs of others and trying to fill them, I am showing love.

Now I know:
God is writing the story. I am just a little pencil.


  1. best post yet. so true. words i needed to hear.

  2. Wow. I need to hear this, for real.

  3. You are wise beyond your years, my friend.

  4. .....and now i'm sucked into your blog. so, thanks for showing me the love!!!