Here we stand at the turn of a new decade in a young century. Between what has passed away and unknowable tomorrows I find myself pondering, "What lasts?"

The foundational element of my faith demands that I love God and love people, so the following quote is a relevant answer to my question. Here describes a lasting and worthy pursuit.

For 2010 and beyond ... love.


"Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings and of angels. If I don't have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal.

Suppose I have the gift of prophecy.

Suppose I can understand all the secret things of God and know everything about him.

And suppose I have enough faith to move mountains. If I don't have love, I am nothing at all.

Suppose I give everything I have to poor people. And suppose I give my body to be burned. If I don't have love, I have nothing at all.

Love is patient.

Love is kind.

It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people's wrongs.

Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.

Love never fails.

Prophecy will pass away. Speaking in languages that had not been known before will end. And knowledge will pass away.

What we know now is not complete. What we prophesy now is not perfect. But when what is perfect comes, the things that are not perfect will pass away.

When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child. I had the understanding of a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them through glass, darkly. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely.

The three most important things to have are faith, hope, and love.

But the greatest of these is love."


The Bible, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 (spacing added)

New International Reader's Version. All Rights Reserved.


Rita said...

Kelley, Hope your New Year will be filled with Love and Many precious times with Steve and your boys. Loren and I wrote a song based on I Cor. 13. I'll see if I can get you a copy one day. Love you! Rita