_Love like Esther.
STOP what you are doing and watch the Netflix Documentary "The Long Goodbye- The Kara Tippetts Story". Kara's story inspired me deeply. I really think every person could benefit from this film. Oh that sweet perspective that everyone of us living on this earth need but so few of us have. There are several quotes that stood out but I thought this would be a great start.
Many of you have been following my other category _Daughter like Esther. This could easily be filed there as well. Fort hose of you that are just tuning in, for the last year I have been stepping into a journey to help my Dad who is recovering from Alcohol addiction. At the time of writing this, it marks 153 days sober!
Not only is he recently recovering but he is also moving his home and life closer to us. This past weekend we have been making the final push to get his house on the market. For anyone who has helped a parent move after they have been living in a home for 20+ years- you know the work that it takes. For those of you that haven't travelled this road yet- start praying now to help yourself be better prepared! [Also tune into my tips on minimalism so that your kids won't have to say as many prayers when they have to help you move...lol].
So a few reflections and then I have to get on my way:) The full quote from above is " You love as well as you're willing to be inconvenienced. And I, I think lots of times we'd say "I love you", but there's no cost to that love. There's no inconvenience to that love. But my, I want to live a legacy of love like Kara did". Ann Voskamp.
Oh this quote hit me hard. This is truth my friends. This recent journey of reconciliation with my dad has been so much inconvenience. So much pain. It has costed me much. I have said to several close friends that this truly feels like the first time I have had to repeatedly give of myself without expecting much in return.
Yes, it is difficult. Most days I don't want to choose inconvenience. But what is on the other side of my inconvenience is of much greater value. Pushing beyond my feelings gives someone else, who is also made just as much in the image of God a start. A fresh start at a new life. A beginning to a love that is willing to be inconvenienced.
Are you willing to be inconvenienced?
_Love like Esther.