As promised, here are my spiritual goals derived from I Corinthians 13 written as if they have become a reality. As stated here, I plan to rewrite these goals daily until I live them. Some of these goals I often carry out with ease and some seem unreachable. And on my own I’ll never grasp any of them; but with God, there are no such things as impossibilities.
Love is Patient - I persevere through daily struggles without grumbling, complaining, and hastily snapping out of frustration.
Love is Kind – I speak to my husband and children in a gentle manner, considering their feelings before reacting.
Love does not Envy – I do not try to make my husband or children become like anyone else’s and instead love them where they are at the present. And, I refuse to live in the shadow of the “mom who has it all” and instead live in the light that illuminates my blessings.
Love does not Boast - I acknowledge that every positive accomplishment that comes from my hands is possible only because Christ lives in me.
Love is not Proud – I apologize when I wrong my husband and children and ask their forgiveness.
Love is not Rude – I do not belittle my husband or children with sarcastic comments when their behavior does not meet my expectations.
Love is not Self-Seeking – My love for my family is not conditional upon any returned affections.
Love is not Easily Angered – I keep my cool even when provoked.
Love Keeps no Record of Wrongs – I do not bring up past failures to gain leverage over my husband or children.
Love does not Delight in Evil but Rejoices with the Truth – I do not feel vindicated by retaliating when hurt and instead rely on Christ to heal my wounds.
Love Always Protects – I do not use words or actions that will cause damage to the tiny spirits entrusted to my care.
Love Always Trusts; Always Hopes – The joy of knowing Jesus exudes through my actions.
Love Always Perseveres – I am content in knowing that there is nothing I can do that will make Jesus stop loving me, and because of that, I keep loving Him even more.