This was after I had gone to see movie with a dear girlfriend, and Rick and the kids had gone to do a few fun things themselves. It was a bright, sunny, summer-like evening with a brilliant Carolina-blue sky. It was warm and we had the windows in the SUV down and the radio cranked loud.
And then it happened.
"Shake It Off" (Taylor Swift) came on the radio.
And we all broke into song and dance.
Let me tell you-I will not be winning a Grammy in the near (or distant) future. My
What I think I look like breaking it down to "Shake It Off"
In light of this, we have adopted two new family mottoes in the past month: choose joy and love is everything. We want to live every moment with the understanding that we have a choice, not always in our circumstances, but in how we react and process those circumstances-and we want to choose joy as often as possible.
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (www.biblegateway.com)
Not only is love everything, but without it, we are nothing. All of the amazing things we could do through Christ's power in us, are worthless and meaningless without love.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I can't say that the troubled times are over. We may face greater storms ahead. But I can say, that no matter our situation-our family will choose joy together and will love fiercely and recklessly. We will do this because this is how we live the gospel. This is how we put feet to the God-breathed words of the Holy Scriptures. This is how we worship our Maker and Father.