Monday, February 01, 2010

A Mommy Paraphrase

If you are a bible scholar, you probably won't appreciate this paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13. But if you are not a scholar and can appreciate such things, hopefully this will be an encouragement to you. It came from a book I am reading in a ladies bible study here in Houston. The book is called A Mother's Heart by Jean Fleming. It's a great read for moms who want to instill Christian values, vision, and character in their children.

So, the paraphrase:
If I keep my house immaculately clean, and am envied by all for my interior decorating, but do not show love in my family - I'm just another housewife.

If I'm always producing lovely things - sewing, art (for me, photography, cooking!); if I always look attractive, and speak intelligently, but am not loving to my family - I am nothing.

If I'm busy in community affairs, teach Sunday school, and drive in the carpool, but fail to give adequate love to my family - I gain nothing.

Love changes diapers, cleans up messes, and ties shoes - over and over again.

Love is kind, though tired and frazzled.

Love doesn't envy another wife - one whose children are "spaced" better, or in school so she has time to pursue her own interests.

Love doesn't try to impress others by my abilities or knowledge as a mother.

Love doesn't scream at the kids.

Love doesn't feel cheated because I didn't get to do what I wanted to do today - sew, read, soak in a hot tub.

Love doesn't loose its temper easily.

Love doesn't assume that my children are being naughty just because their noise level is irritating.

Love doesn't rejoice when other people's children misbehave and make mine look good. Love is genuinely happy when others are honored by their children.

Love your family with excellence today!


CNH said...

Thanks for posting this!

Jack and Sheryl said...

That was convicting--thanks for that...especially the part about not envying people whose children are better spaced together! Not being a bible scholar, I thought this was a helpful paraphase. :)

Jill L said...

I've had a variation of this on my fridge for years! My mother-in-law gave it to me on Mother's Day when the boys were little. Love it!