6.30.2008

Love Without Tiring

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired." ~Mother Teresa

We had the funnest [wait, is that a word?!] time in Primary yesterday. Nothing spectacular happened, really, but it was just a lovely Sunday. As I looked out over the faces of all the children that are so dear to me, this quote surfaced in my mind. Mother Teresa really knew what she was talking about.

Love may not be the answer to everything, but it makes a difference to everyone. It's something that the scriptures say we should do without ceasing. It's something that is harder with some people than with others. But the bottom line is that we don't have to be exceptional and extraordinary. We just have to keep on loving. That's what makes it real.

Today my counselor Natalie and I spent a few minutes visiting with a little guy who has had a terrible time recovering from a tonsillectomy. Once again, I was flooded with the thought that what I need to do is to love the little ones that are part of my life. I was so relieved to see how well he is doing, to see his little face smiling at us and to receive his hug. What a gift!

So that's what I am going to do. Just keep on loving.

14 comments:

MiaKatia said...

Beautiful as always Jan!

Wendy said...

So nice to hear. I think sometimes that's all that needs to be done. Instead of judging or being angry or getting hurt, loving the person (and maybe the situation) could help a lot of people! Thanks Jan! You always put it so nicely!

Sandy said...

I am going to keep on loving also.
I love this post and your love of children. I wish I lived near you so you could teach my children also!

hoLLy said...

it is hard to love EVERYONE sometimes isn't it? not sayin i'm a hater, but you know what i mean. some personalities are just more difficult than others. i really do need to be better about loving more and trying not to be critical of others. i need to see them as the Lord sees them.

100 Percent Cottam said...

i feel the love, baby! you're full of it! :)

galbraiths said...

so awesome. sometimes that is all my kids want. I yell and carry on and have to step back and take a time out for myself, because all they want is attention. Love is the key to happiness and success and all things wonderful. Christ is that perfect one who loved us enough. Thanks as always for such inspiring words!;)

Kristi said...

Oh, that sweet Conor! I am so glad he is doing better. What a trooper.

Ashley said...

thanks for the reminder to be always-loving, no matter how difficult or inconvenient.

kristi lee said...

Once again. . .I needed that cause I'm really tired!!!!

Natalie Scott said...

Aren't those kids so easy to love? Primary was wonderful yesterday, and I just adore these amazing children we get to interact with.

Darleen said...

Jan you are so inspiring! Can you share more of your primary insights? I really bring it to our primary meetings and share it with the other leaders. This is a great thought.

Sarah said...

I need to print this one out and put it around my house, my car, in my planner and on my desk at work. Maybe I can find a way to have my phone call me and remind me too. I love your quotes. Thanks for sharing them!

Jori said...

All of the kids that come in contact with you are lucky indeed.:)

Cammie said...

Sounds like the funnest and bestest time!