Life's Hard Lessons of Love
September 20, 2020
Love does not rejoice in evil but rejoices with the truth. - 1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. - 1 Corinthians 13:6 NLT
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. - 1 Corinthians 13:6 NASB
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. - 1 Corinthians 13:6 TPT
It is easy to look at "hot button" topics when thinking about injustice and evil. We can look at the world around us and see the stark contrast between what God views as evil versus the world. On social media, we can get into it with many people on both sides of the aisle.
I have to admit that sitting down to write this post was very difficult. Ever since COVID turned the Carter Crew world upside down, there has been tension in our household. You would think that something of this nature would bring our family together. However, as I come to learn more things, I can see a wedge has been placed between my husband and I. I won't go into details here, but I tell you that there are some things that we don't see eye to eye on.
You may be wondering what this has to do with today's verse. We've talked about this before but in our SUM there are clashing worldviews under one roof. One worldview feeds on the word of God. One worldview feeds on the word of the world - media, social media, etc. When our sources come from different places, it can be difficult to come to agreement.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. - 2 Corinthians 2:14
Please allow me to share a story. The summer of 2018 I was driving with the kids in the backseat. I was merging onto the interstate and crying out the the Lord. I was begging Him to work things out for me to stay at home with my children. I have had this heaviness since before the kids were school aged. However, this was heightened as I was about to send my children into Kindergarten. As I was merging onto the interstate I heard the Lord give me a direct answer. No. What?? But this is my heart's desire! Surely I didn't hear the Lord tell me no. I cried out again. He gave me more of an explanation.
Tiffany, I need your children in the public school system. I need you to be involved. You need to be alert. You need to pray. You need to intercede. You will not be active and interested in the public school system if you are not invested in the system. I have them in my hands. Just trust me.
Less than a year later, COVID hit and schools were closing down for remote learning in the spring. Throughout the summer there was much talk about how schools would handle the fall. I began to get involved. I went to school board meetings of a few districts, met some amazing women who were on the same journey as I was, and got more involved in what was going on in our city. I was upset with how people in power were handling things. I was seeing the corrupt nature of politics, the greed of men, etc.
Frustrated, I began to think, what would it take to change our school board? What is needed to run? My curiosity is what the Holy Spirit used to dig into the calling for my life. I recalled what the Lord told me months before. Could it be that God created me for such a time as this? Could I actually run for a position in the school board?
I have gotten on a little long and I hate to leave you at a "cliff hanger" but on Friday I will finish my story and wrap up my experiences on love.
In the mean time I want to pose a few questions to our community today. What do we do when God reveals His heart for the world to us? How do we go about the calling He has on our lives, if our spouses don't agree? How do we walk in submission to our spouse and also in obedience to the Lord?
See you in the comments. Love and blessings to you all.