Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Gong Show

Today, I will spend an entire day with my mother. God is really using my times with my mom to grow me up. I have spent an entire life studying this scripture without really getting it:

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I get it, slowly, finally. Stubbornly. I do place principles over people. I want things to be right. I want my mom to make the changes she needs to make to take good care of herself. Is that wrong? No. But it is wrong to always be trying to fix her. At some point we have to accept those we love-even their flaws. At some point "fixing" them is not an option. It never works anyway. I can't fix other people. It makes me a gong show. Please pray that I can make these changes starting today. I want to enjoy the time I have left with my mother. It is truly a blessing, I don't want to waste that blessing time gonging.


~ Stephanie. said...

Janice, I do love you! I love that you are always in self-improvement mode! I completely understand where you are coming from . . . just repeat to yourself, "Unconditional love, unconditional love, unconditional love". I'm hoping evenutally I will learn it too!

Amy said...

Great point, Janice; and great post.

It is hard to not try and "fix" those we love.

I know sometimes I can be so busy "fixing" that I am not spending any time just "loving".

On a silly note, when I read the title to this post, all I could picture was Eunice (from the Carol Burnett show)trying to become famous on "The Gong Show" by singing "Feelings."~ If you have seen that episode, then you'll understand; if not, just ignore me.:)

Thanks for your sweet comment today. I appreciate it.:)

Mama Mia said...

yeah, you do resemble Chuck Barris

jettybetty said...

Such wise words!