Some of you who read my blog on a regular basis know I love Ann Voscamp's writing. Last week she published a post written by Kara Tippetts, who writes a blog, http://mundanefaithfulness.com/. She wrote to a young woman who has a malignant brain tumor who has decided she is going to take a pill two days after her husband's birthday to end her life.
Kara Tippetts, very emotional post was written not by someone who is not walking in those same shoes, but Kara is a young mom who has 4 children and if a miracle does not happen, she too will succumb to cancer. However, she has chosen a different way...she has chosen to keep living to the best of her ability until God calls her home. She wants to spend as much time soaking up life with her children and husband as she can and leave them with sweet memories she prays will help sustain them when she is no longer in their midst.
Last night I ordered her book, The Hardest Peace: Experiencing God's grace in the midst of hard. I read it last night and am in awe of this brave young woman and the life lessons her book could teach all of us. Her story is powerful and her brokenness before a holy God is real. She writes in our brokenness is where we often find our greatest strength.
In my own life I have hit hard places...places where I felt broken, where I felt loss and it is in those places that I have found Jesus...felt His love, His peace and witnessed His tender mercy over and over. The same God who is in the mountain top moments walks with us in the valleys.
Brennan Manning wrote in the Ragamuffin Gospel, "To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are."
Psalm 139 tells us that the God who created us knows everything about us...He knit us together in our mother's womb and knows the number of days we will spend on this earth. How we live those days is what truly matters.
Kara writes that three words not long after she and her husband were married were life changing for her. Three words..."LOVE IS KIND." I believe they should be the foundation of every marriage and of every relationship. We need to stop looking at the things that annoy us in our spouses, in our parents, in our children, and in others that are a part of our lives and look at loving their hearts. One heart at a time changed for the glory of God.
Who can you be kind to today?