A Challenge to Love: Guest Blog by Shelley Foushee

I Corinthians 13:4 says,  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

You’ve probably heard this verse in just about every wedding you’ve ever attended. It was definitely in my wedding. Hi, I’m Shelley Foushee and I just wanted to share how this verse really impacted my life.

Every year as my New Year’s resolution I challenge myself with doing something I’ve never done. Usually this is a physical challenge like learning to play golf, mowing grass with a tractor, running in a half-marathon, but in 2009 my challenge was to love as I am instructed in I Corinthians 13:4.

You would think that compared to some physical challenges this would be easy.

Loving as Jesus does includes every single person with whom we come in contact. You know: your kids, husband, extended family. Not to mention teachers, sales clerks, or the “friendemy” who puts you down at every turn.

As I went through the year I had some stumbling blocks thrown in my way and was tempted to cry “uncle.”

But as I focused on what God wanted me to do with others, I realized how thankful I am that God doesn’t give up on me. He never shakes His head in disappointment when I let Him down, or withdraws from me when I don’t act like He wants. I became much more conscious of my own shortcomings. With this awareness, it became easier to show compassion. Not to overreact when situations were out of my control. To show forgiveness without keeping a record of wrong-doings. To take joy in the smallest things.

It was like a beautiful sunshiney day, after it’s rained for a week! God worked on my heart in a way that changed me. God is good every day. I just needed to take the time to notice.

Here’s my challenge to you. Try loving everyone everyday like Christ loves you. I promise you will be the one who is the most blessed.

My name is Shelley Foushee. I’ve been married for 16 years to Wes. We have two Awesome Children — Jessee (14 years) and Faith (12 years). I accepted Christ when I was 7 years old but I spend everyday of my life searching to know Him better.

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