Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Some Thoughts From "The Shack"

"It is not the nature of Love to force a relationship, but it is the nature of Love to open the way. Love that is forced is no Love at all."

"Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors."

From the book The Shack by William P. Young


D'Arcy said...

These are life lessons I think we begin to learn as we get older, at least for me it took awhile. I always thought if I did this or that, looked like this or that, then the guy I was in "love" with would love me back. What a waste of college! But, then again, I wouldn't change it, as I learned a lot through those experiences. Now, I get love, it's not forced, but it is as the bible teaches....

"Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. love never faileth…” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Thanks for this reminder! I love love!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I love love too. :-)

Sugar said...

I was just thinking of this in terms of my teenagers. One of them is currently semi-speaking to me. We email... I want to go up to her dad's and kidnap her and force her to be my daughter again, but that won't do anybody and good. So I wait... sometimes not so patiently. I know that eventually, she will be the age I was when I had her and realize, "Mom did the best she could." That will hopefully be the moment of grace that will make up for all of these tougher times.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Would that we could be as love.

karengberger said...

These quotes were nice to read. Thank you for posting them.
Have you ever read Henry Drummond's "The Greatest Thing in the World?" It's all about I Cor. 13. A Sunday school teacher gave it to me when I was about 9, and it changed my life.
God bless you!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I have not read that, but I will have to put it on "my list"!

I'm sorry you're dealing with this... I am so NOT looking forward to the teenage years. My son is pretty much "what you see is what you get" but my daughter is very much the DQ (Drama Queen) of the house.... shoots dirty looks, holds grudges, slams doors, etc. (I am SURE I did all this at her age, and I am making a mental note to apologize to my mother - AGAIN - for causing HER indigestion when I was a teen!!)

Eventually they come around though.... I know I turned from a mouthy, know-it-all teenager into a (semi) respectable adult.

Hang in there girl!

The Girl Next Door said...

OK now I have to read this!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Girl Next Door,
Yes, you should read it! It's definitely not going to win any awards for the "most finely crafted piece of fiction ever" BUT it does look at GOD, sufferings, life, death and especially the trinity in a new and VERY fresh way..... I really really enjoyed it. And, it helped me to make sense of the Holy Spirit (which has always been tough for me to grasp).

Anyway, I recommend it without reservation. Get thee to a bookstore, young miss!