Getting Ahead: ‘Demonstrating Love’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

We have all experienced puppy love in grade school and that love in high school when someone breaks our heart. When that happens we feel as if our world has ceased to exist. Later we meet someone who becomes our spouse and we begin to raise a family.

While raising a family through the good times and bad times we get a new perception of reality and the opportunity to know what love really means. As we raise our families and deal with people in our workplace, it becomes obvious that not everyone is thinking as we are. We experience frustration and find it is hard to love those who see things differently than we do.

It can be the kids, our spouse, or people at work who are really being difficult. We can’t seem to convince them to see things the way we do. We have a difference of opinion and they are not listening to what we have to say. These differences can, at times, make it difficult to demonstrate love to our spouse and kids, not to mention those people at work. We can make the kids line up most of the time, convince our spouse some of the time, and end up in a fight with the folks at work most of the time.

As I walk through life it becomes more and more evident that I have a very limited ability to change my peers. Most of what we believe is taught to us as a child and we, with a few exceptions, believe it through our lifetime.

Is it futile to think that we can ever get along with someone who has a different point of view than we do? Do they think we are as difficult as we think they are? What would happen if we concentrated on how we are alike instead of how we are different? Isn’t it easy to demonstrate love to someone who thinks like you? At the end of the day, is it possible that we are far more alike than we are different?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington Junior High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer