A Note From The Pastor March 2011
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us
toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly,
love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
(I Corinthians 13:13, The Message)
This verse is the end of one of the passages of scripture that many people choose to have for a wedding. That whole passage tells about love, and how we are to love. I particularly like this translation, because it says we are to “love extravagantly.”
Doesn’t that put a picture in your mind? Don’t just love, do it extravagantly. That doesn’t mean spending massive amounts of money on the ones you love. It means really putting your heart and soul into your love for that person!
In one of my Bibles is a card that I read every time I use that translation. It is an example of extravagant love. I have no idea where it came from, but I share it with you now. It is my wish for each of you—filled with extravagant love:
I wish you enough sun
to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain
to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness
to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the
smallest joys in life appear
I wish you enough gain
to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss
to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “hellos” to get you
through the final “goodbye.”