"Let all your things be done with charity." {1 Corinthians 16:14}

i've been thinking a lot about understanding people.

and how it takes knowing someone for longer than a day, or a month, or a year, or even a lifetime, to really understand the ins and outs of who they are and why they are who they are.

there is always more to learn about someone.
new ways to love them.
better perspective.

i've been thinking a bit about how everyone is different.
and everyone has different struggles.
and i've realized that the things that come naturally for me, don't always come naturally for others.

honestly, i hadn't really thought about that before.

and i've been feeling pretty grateful.
for all i have been blessed with.
which is a lot.

and i think this understanding that people are different only increases my love for them.

because it's nice to remember that i'm not the only one who isn't perfect.
and that we're all trying.
and fighting our different battles.

and that, in the end, it's not about winners or losers.
it's about who is still standing on the battle field, when the war is finally over,

and there is finally peace on earth.

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity 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. Charity never faileth..."

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Bob Z. said...

Interesting fact: a more correct translation for "charity never faileth" is "love never ends."

Bry said...

That's a wonderful sentiment, and so well expressed. I aim to understand others and view life from their shoes, but I am sure I fall far short of really seeing them, rather than who they seem to be. Perhaps if we all made the effort you described, we'd understand each other just a little bit better.

brown eyed girl said...

Bob-that is cool. I remember them quoting that scripture in A Walk to Remember, but their Bible said "Love" instead of "Charity" and I thought it was beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

Bry-thanks for the comment! I didn't know you were a blogger :)