Relationships

Reflections On Reflections

Reflections On Reflections

Recently, while listening to a podcast, I was introduced to a quote by Thomas Merton:

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

Needless to say, I found this very convicting.

What does love require of me—right now?

What does love require of me—right now?

As my men’s group started a discussion on marriage, I wanted to give the guys a memory jogger—a way to remember to respond better to their wives. I wanted a question like the once-popular “WWJD” bracelets: “What would Jesus do?”

But Jesus wasn’t married.

Then I remembered something Andy Stanley said: “In light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?”

Awesome. All-encompassing. But too long for a wristband. It needed to be pointed, poignant, and powerful.

As I listened to a podcast, there it was:What does love require of me—right now?”