Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Key Ingredient to the Recipe of Success

There are many aspects of this domestic life we live. Part of it is very hands-on, some of it involves mental  and physical preparation. Mix in a little frustration and a lot of challenges and it doesn't always look as glamourous as the life we'd imagined. But there's one aspect of this domestic life that really makes an impact and makes it all worth it. That four letter word. L-O-V-E.
Love is a game changer. Love is what makes your house a home. Love is what people remember long after the dust has settled. It's the glue that holds it all together when things don't seem to go the way we planned. There are so many ways to show love in what we do.
My grandmother is an expert quilter. I say expert because she's been quilting for decades. She told me a few months ago that she's likely made and given away over 300 quilts in her lifetime. It's what she does very well. She has 12 grandchildren and gave each of us a handmade quilt years ago. Currently, she has 17 great grandchildren and she has made a quilt for most of them, too, now. I think she only has 5 or so left to make. She makes them all by hand. Every stitch. That adds up to millions of stitches after all these years!
I know that at any given time I can walk in her house and find a quilt in progress. This is her labor of love for all of us who are recipients of these precious pieces of art. She spends hours and hours on each quilt, but continues to make them. Love does that. It endures. Through the happy times, through the daily mundane, through the crazy times of life and even when things get tough. When we have to rip out the seam and start all over again? That's love. It never gives up. And it's the secret ingredient to leaving a legacy long after this domestic life is over. It's what the ones we love will remember most about us. It's the key ingredient.

The Greatest Gift - I Corinthians 13:1-8
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in sin, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
 
I'm sharing this with some of these friends.
 
This is part of my 31 Days of Home Economics. You can find links to all my other posts here.
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1 comment:

  1. So true! And a very important part of the whole home equation :)

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