Little things I’ve Learned Living in a Big Family (3 of 5)

“Love”

When nine people live in a four bedroom, three bathroom house you learn a thing or two about getting along.  But there’s a difference between getting along and loving. 

Getting along is tolerating each others differences…

Loving is embracing each others differences and seeing what you can learn from them.

Getting along keeps the peace…

Loving makes the peace, even if you have to walk through rough times to get there. 

Getting along can plant pockets of bitterness…

Loving opens up our hearts even when it hurts. 

Getting along looks good…

Loving is good.

Have you noticed a difference for you in your family? 

6 Responses to “Little things I’ve Learned Living in a Big Family (3 of 5)”

  • Cindy Beall says:

    Very good stuff, Anna. I hope my children will love each other like you love your sibs.

  • D.A. says:

    Great blog Anna! These things you learned about love can be transferred to every situation in life like working on the job, with your friends or in a marriage. This made me think about the scripture about God wanting us to be peacemakers not peacekeepers.
    What I noticed in my family of two siblings is that we were not forced to be in close proximity. It was easier not to deal with problems and conflicts. D.A.

  • michael says:

    unfortunately there are seasons when we have to act like it when we don’t feel like it but those should not be extended times. right thinking leads to right actions, so we seldom act differently than we think or believe.

    our faith should guide our heart which guides our minds and steps.

  • Anna says:

    Cindy–Thank you! Your family is amazing!
    D.A.–I agree, great lessons… someone once told me about being a peacemaker and a peacekeeper… 😉
    Michael–I love that! Our faith should guide our heart which guides our minds and steps! Thanks for sharing!

  • This same loving that you are talking about occurs within our campus team. “Loving is embracing each others differences and seeing what you can learn from them.” Thanks for the reminder!

  • Chad Payne says:

    Wow, this is a great lesson on love, Anna. Thank you. I want to use this as an illustration in my message tomorrow, with your permission.

    I’m drawing a comparison between a man pursuing a woman for marriage – and continuing to pursue her after he wins her heart – with how God pursues us into a relationship with Him. And at the end of the service, we are going to do a real wedding of two people who have been living together and recently began following Christ!

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