The Number One Priority

Welcome  Earlier this week I wrote about marriage quotes.  While looking through some of my quotes and marriage books, I found the following quote:

Make Love Your Number One Priority.  Gregory J. P. Godek

This is indeed a wonderful quote for marriage, but should it really stop there?  If there is one thing this world needs more of right now, it’s love.

I think we should just all love each other and we’ll solve a billion problems.  But that is my opinion, so don’t take it from me.  Let’s dive deeper into the best “love one another” scriptures in the Bible.  Verse summaries and journal pages are from the ESV Bible from Crossway Publishers (2001)

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Food For Thought  If everyone would use this motto, “Make love your number one priority,” every single day, we would be in the midst of a revolution!  We would see the world change for good!  I don’t want to spend a lot of time rehashing news headlines, as I want to keep my little corner of the web more positive.  But I just can’t help but think those news headlines would be easier to stomach if there were more love in the world.  I’m tired of seeing and hearing all the bad news and hate that fills every corner of the planet.  It should be love that makes the world go ’round.  After all, love is the focal point of our greatest commands (Matthew 22:37-38).

Bible Journaling Matthew 22:37-38
Bible Journaling; Matthew 22:37-38; “The Greatest Command”; Watercolor Marker

 

If we made love our number one priority, we would be more patient with one another.  We would accept and tolerate differences with grace, rather than impertinence. We would be slower to anger and outrage.  We would not be motivated by greed, jealousy, or pride.  We would be humble and selfless.  Rude gestures and crude language would be absent from our culture.  We would meet the needs of our friends, neighbors, and strangers.  We would accept help with graciousness.  We would be honest.  We would be more positive and less cynical.

If we made love our number one priority, we wouldn’t relish the stories of those doing wrong or displaying their sinful lives as forms of entertainment.  We would celebrate and revere those who walk in light and truth.  We would speak up for those in need, rather than join in the amusements that come at the expense of others’ feelings.  Our love would abide in the midst of faith and hope, growing joyful souls. (1 Corinthians, chapter 13, the “love chapter”)

1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13 Bible Journaling-the Love chapter; hand lettering

 

Love is our biggest opportunity to serve, find peace and joy, and imitate our Heavenly Father.  In fact, if we do not love one another, we are lying if we say we love God.  We cannot worship and praise our Father with the same mouth that produces words of hate.  Love is the means to eliminate our fears.  Love is the closest we will get to perfection in our own lives.  Love IS our greatest commandment (John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:11) and God IS love (1 John, chapter 4).

Bible Journaling John 13:34
Bible Journaling John 13:34; Love one another.
Bible Journaling 1 John 3:11
Bible Journaling 1 John 3:11; Love one another.
Bible Jouranling 1 John 4:21
Bible Journaling 1 John 4:21; God is love.

 

We all need strength.  We all need support.  We can become stronger if we are rooted and grounded in love.  This strength and support begins to build up our friends, neighbors, the people we share a grocery store aisle or car pool lane with, every life we touch on a day to day basis.  We can be these things for one another if we make love our number one priority (Ephesians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 16:14).

Bible Journaling Ephesians 3:17
Bible Journaling Ephesians 3:17; rooted and grounded in love
Bible Journaling 1 Corinthians 16:14
Bible Journaling 1 Corinthians 16:14; LOVE

 

Today’s Scripture  I know I shared this verse earlier this week with our marriage discussion, but I think it fits well with today’s topic.  Everywhere we go, we will see people making the wrong choices, but through the lens of love, we can forgive and move on, maybe even help them find the right path in a loving way.  As the verse says, “love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Today’s Recipe  This isn’t really an actual recipe.  I just wanted to share something yummy I discovered this morning.

Let’s talk oatmeal for a minute.  I’m really supposed to eat oatmeal most days to help with my cholesterol.  Confession:  Oatmeal is NOT one of my favorite foods.  Sure, I love oatmeal cookies and cake.  I also like granola bars.  And, I don’t hate oatmeal, I just don’t prefer it.  I don’t eat it much at all in the warm summer months.  Summer breakfasts are for cool cottage cheese and chilled fruits.

But fall is here now, or at least making a decent showing, so I’m more open to a hearty bowl of warm oatmeal in the mornings.  This morning we reached a low of 45 degrees, so I pulled out my big tub of oats.  Here’s my other confession: I don’t “do” plain oatmeal.  I must add things to it, usually banana and peanut butter.  I also like blueberries or chopped apples and cinnamon.  I’ve even been known to add trail mix to my oatmeal.  Today, however, I wanted something different.  And then I saw it.  The brand new jar of “Pumpkin Pecan Butter” we bought on our day trip this weekend.

If you have never tried pumpkin butter, oh please, find a place that sells it right now!  I first tried it on a trip to the Smokey Mountains and wow!  I’ve always liked apple butter, but this, in my opinion, is even better!  Pumpkin butter, to me, is richer and thicker and spicier.  Just. So. Good.  We love it so much we’ve even ordered it from The Great Smokey Mountain Association to keep a supply between trips.  We typically eat it on biscuits or toast.

On our weekend outing we stopped at a general store that sells Amish-made provisions.  We were delighted to see they had pumpkin butter, including a variety called Pumpkin Pecan Butter.  So we decided to try that.  Here it is a few days later and I decide to try it on my oatmeal.  I just cooked my half cup of quick oats with 3/4 cup water in the microwave for 2 minutes.  I added a 1/4 cup milk to my cooked oats along with a heaping tablespoon of my pumpkin pecan butter.  I mixed it in and ate it with delight.  The flavor was nice, but I really liked the spicy-flavor it added to the oats.  Not spicy as in hot, but spicy as in cloves and cinnamon and nutmeg and all those flavors we fall in love with during the autumn season.  It was so good I had to text my husband and share my newest discovery.

If you’re out on any fun fall adventures this coming weekend, be sure to look for some pumpkin butter!

 

 

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