Loving...

Because we are so organized, we have three boys and three girls. Not only are we divided evenly, we are orderly too. The Koehler family begins with a boy and then we rotate every other so that each boy is followed by a girl. Many ask me if boys are easier to raise or girls. I have no idea! I thoroughly enjoy the boys and the girls and both drive me crazy. Summer brings college kids home, and my younger children want to join in the fun and crazy of summer schedules and late nights. With everyone home and their friends crashing in often, we have many personalities and opinions flying around the house. Most days it's fun, but sometimes in the name of "fun" unkind words are said or stories from the past are shared that younger kids aren't ready for the world to know. Sometimes our families can be hard to love whether it's our blood relations or our family in Christ. In Colossians Paul says this about the church in the city of Colosse, "for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God's people." This verse made me stop and ask how do they love all God's people? Loving isn't easy. Paul than answers my question by saying, "You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven..." I am extremely guilty of focusing on today and my calendar and not the joy of heaven. Heaven sounds far, but I was talking to a friend who may be losing her house. She said it's tough, but I know I have a home in heaven. Prospective changes today. If my focus is on the joy of heaven, I can be more loving and patient with people. Let's love all God's people. 

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