The A, B, C’s of Loving One Another, “T”

By Elaine Baldwin | @elainehbaldwin

Think on what is true. Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Fill up on God’s truth every day or your love well will never run dry.

It’s easy to become cynical with everyday life. Our best efforts fall short. Our best idea gets rejected. Our best investment drops off the charts. And our best friend lets us down. And the best person we hoped would get elected…

In general life’s best either eludes us or what we thought would be best is not at all what we expected it to be. Add to all that, the very definition of “best” seems to change on a daily, even hourly, basis.

Just recently my daughter thought it would be best to leave bright and early from where I live to make the six hour drive back to where she just moved. This seemed reasonable as she had a 3:00pm interview. Not something you want to be late for. She gave herself a two-three hour window. Time enough to drop off dog; take shower, style hair, etc…

That seemed like the best plan. But, the truth was God had a different plan. She just didn’t know it. That’s probably a good thing because if God had let her in on the day He laid out for her, she probably would’ve stayed in bed.

Less than twenty miles onto the interstate, she came to a complete stop. Two hours later she had finally gone eight miles and made it around the accident sight. She tried to be thankful she was not in the accident and that no one was hurt (just a mess the semi-truck decided to dump on the road), but her best was colliding with God’s Truth for the day. She was…shall I say…irritated.

No matter, she developed a new best plan. She could still make up a little time, drop off the dog and at least change her clothes. Isn’t that what body spray and dry shampoo are for? So she treks the rest of the 350 miles and pulls in front of her home. With luggage and dog in tow, she puts her key into the dead bolt. Snap! Her key breaks.

All her best is now stuck in a dead bolt. Sometime later I receive another text. Oh, I forgot to tell you that she kept me posted throughout her ever changing best plans. What are mother’s for, right!

“This is absolutely the worst day of my life!”

Then I got a quick call.

“Well, I’m almost to the interview.”

She proceeded to give the very short version of her roommate cancelling her afternoon appointments to come seat with the dog while the landlord contacted a locksmith to change the lock. She had changed clothes in the car while said roommate and dog provided a curtain. The car smelled like Vanilla Blackberry and she was putting make-up on while talking to me. I told her to hang up. She complied.

She had ten minutes before the appointed time for the interview. I wanted to text her something helpful; something to get her past the apparent cruelty of this worst day. I sat at my dining table wondering if it really was the worst day of her life.

A very wise God nudged me not to belabor whether it was really the worst or not. It didn’t really matter.

Instead God reminded me of an eternal truth. One that had just recently changed my own outlook on what I think is best.

I texted:

“God NEVER has a worst day!”

Smiling, I hit “send.”

You want to know what is true? You want to know how to love in truth? Get in the Bible. Read God’s Truth every day. Then when you’re having your worst day, you too will be reminded…

“God NEVER has a worst day!”

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