I have always loved this picture. It holds many good memories. Us sitting outside my grandparents home in Tucson, Arizona.
I moved 12 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I had spent 2 years serving a church after college, to Phoenix. I had no job, MAYBE $500.00 in the bank account and no car to call my own. What was it...foolish? brave? I like to think the mountains were simply calling.
I discovered my desire to be in the the desert as a kid. Really, it was when I realized that a dry heat meant no humidity and that equaled my hair staying curled. Vain, I know - but it sparked my love.
My time here has been filled with many incredible mountain top experiences as well as times wandering in a dry dry desert wondering where the manna was. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I have grown from lessons learned. And I am proud of the person I have become and am still becoming.
Through it all God has been a God of love. Holding my hand along the journey.
I look forward to the adventure that remains ahead.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
1st Corinthians 13
1st Corinthians 13