“You’ll never realize how strong you are, until you have no other choice but to be strong.”
potala palace in lhasa , tibet
“No matter how many clouds, how heavy the rain, the day will always come when the rain passes and the skies become clear.”
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” - 1 John 4:10 NIV
The word love is used in many different contexts to express our positive emotions towards a particular person, place, or thing. We say that we “love” that jacket we just bought or we “love” those salty-greasy-heart-attack-causing-never-changing-oh-so-good-golden-yellow fries from McD’s. We may also “love” our possessions like a car or a house and of course, we love our families, relatives, and friends. But hopefully we don’t love our families the same way we “love” those fries!
The greatest love of all, however, is God’s love for us - one that is demonstrated. I remember reading a quote somewhere that said, “Love talked about can be easily ignored, but love demonstrated is powerful.” The Bible says “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 NIV
Actions speak louder than words. When we carry ourselves in a way that reflects God’s love, people will notice. The next time we encounter a challenging situation or come into conflict with someone, try to respond with a heart that’s filled with God’s love; we may all be surprised at the outcome!
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” - Romans 15:7 NIV
Personally, I am guilty of not being as accepting as Jesus has commanded us to be. There are just some people who are so hard to love! But Jesus says, ” I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45 NIV
There could be plenty of reasons why it’s hard to be accepting of someone else; different ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, personal grudges and conflicts…e.t.c are very common explanations for why we refuse to embrace others. Perhaps because they are different from us, they simply do things that we don’t “approve of”, and somehow we feel that makes them unworthy of our acceptance.
But we need to remember one thing; acceptance is not synonymous with approval, Jesus calls us to love everyone. Does Jesus accept us when we do things He doesn’t approve of? Of course! So why would we expect others to change before we accept them?
This 2010 project by Griffin Enright Architects has a gorgeous concrete exterior and urban landscape. There is an outside deck that serves as an extension to the landscape and a pool that sits alongside the house. There are also two porches which protect the interior from harsh sunlight in summer and allow more light during winter.