This post could also be called, “The good, the bad, and the ugly!” 😋
Living life together takes the grace of God! If you’re too busy to read the whole post, that is basically all I have to say!
Over this past weekend my house went from a house with one living in it (me) to 4 people living in it.
Here are some things that I have learned so far…
- This will make me a better person.
Living with people grows you! The amount of patience, grace, and just overall selflessness that is required may be shocking…. be prepared to experience all emotions, have all emotions released on you, and be a better person in the end because of it!
When scripture says that, “Two are better than one(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)” and “Man was not meant to be alone(Genesis 2:18),” maybe this is part of what he meant. Yes, he meant more in those verse, but I think this growth is part of it!
2. You will learn that you are selfish.
I don’t care how incredible of a person you are, when you live life with others you learn that you are, at your core, a selfish person! Weather that comes out in being peeved when your normal shower time is taken, annoyed that someone ate the last piece of pie, feeling out of control with the amount of mess, feeling a need to get away… yes they are valid emotions, but they all remind us that we are, by nature, selfish!
3. “Love bears all things,” will have intense meaning!
“Love” meaning God himself, “love” meaning: Patience, kindness, slow to anger, slow to speak, not being jealous, not boastful, “love” meaning being willing to die for the other person. Love bears all things…
Love himself allows us to live in family/community and to truly love. Love himself died for all of our selfishness and all the broken, messy parts of life. Love himself calls us to a higher standard of loving a 1 Corinthians 13 love.
So as you walk into the holidays and deal with the broken, messy, and really hurtful aspects, remember that there is a purpose, and all of those messy bits are why Jesus had to come, die, and by raised again to conquer sin and death.
Pray, eat yummy cookies, and remember that, at times, the most loving thing you can do is take your Bible and journal and spend an afternoon at a coffee shop for your soul to be refreshed enough to truly love those around you.