Day 176: Praying with You

March 24, 2012

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with and inadequate for the demands of being a good husband and father. The truth is, on my own I am inadequate for these demands.

So, for my act of love, I lead us in prayer for our marriage and family. We prayed that God would make us people of integrity who do his will over our own. That we would love God more than ourselves or each other and that this, in turn, would increase our love for each other. We prayed that because of our love for each other, we would put each other’s needs over our own and that we would sacrifice for each other. We prayed for strength to raise our kids in a way that honors God and for patience with and love for them. Finally, we prayed that God would bring glory to his name through all of this. May these things be so, dear Lord.

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Day 163: Love Does Not Boast

March 12, 2012

I’m a boaster. Boasting runs in my family [sorry, fam, it’s true]. On Friday, I prayed that God would make me the kind of person who doesn’t boast about my strengths and accomplishments. I have no reason to boast in them, whatever they may be, because God, by his grace, has given me everything I have or have done. However, there are things I can and should boast about–for example, my weaknesses, because God is strong when I’m weak, and my God, because of all that he is and does. In light of this, I thanked God for my weaknesses and praised him for his greatness. [Let’s use our boastful tendency, my family, to boast about our God!]

What does any of this have to do with 365 Act of Love? As I’ve mentioned before, bettering my character allows me to better love you. And being boastful is a character weakness. In particular, it’s an inappropriate focus on self that is opposed to love. So, I’m seeking to become the kind of person who doesn’t boast, because I want to be the kind of person who focuses on others rather than himself. In particular, I want to be the kind of person who focuses (at least) on you, and your strengths and accomplishments, and your wants and needs.