1 Corinthians 13:4-13A post for people who believe and honor the Bible.
I Corinthians 13:4-13
This is a story about determination, perserverance and faith.
When my husband and I were first married, we decided to get involved in real estate.
We bought houses that we could get for low cost, that we could restore ourselves.
We'd work at our main jobs during day, and work a few hours in the afternoon and evening on the rental peoperty.
One year we got an unbelievable deal on a large house. It was actually larger than our own private home, but in an industrial type area, on a steep hill.
There were quite a few repairs to be done inside of the house. We frankly neglected the yard as we worked on the inside.
The Spring rains came and the grass began to grow. It was able ankle deep when we became concerned about it. We took a trip to Orlando, Florida for a week. When we returned the grass was very high. It was an eye sore in the community. I began to ask around to see if I could hire somebody to cut the grass,but no one was willing because of the steep hill.
After a few more days, I was desperate and called in a man with a tractor called a "Bush Hog."
The man took one look at the grass and the hill and said a flat,"NO." He said that he would be risking his life trying to cut the grass on that steep hill.
Later that day, as I was painting inside, I looked through the window and saw a man on a skateboard. NOT standing on the skate board, sitting on the skate board. I realized that his legs had been amputated. He was able to move himself about by use of the skateboard.
To my amazment, the man started up the brick steps to the house. It took him a long time, but he finally made it to the door. When he knocked, I answered immediately. He told me that he'd heard that I wanted someone to cut the grass. I said yes, then I asked if he knew someone who could cut it?
He said,"Maam, I can cut that grass if you let me." I stood silent for a minute, then I called my husband. He told me yes, if the man wanted to tackle that forest, let him.
The man took an agonizing time getting back down the steps to the street. He was gone for so
long that I thought he'd changed his mind.
After about an hour and a half, the skate board man returned. Again he made his way up the brick steps. This time he was carrying an old sling blade. He positioned himself on the skateboard firmly and began to whack at the tall grass. For some reason, I felt very bad and then got worried. What would the neighbors think? Soon a small crowd of people gathered in one yard to watch the physically challenged man cut that tall grass. He did, one whack at a time.
It took him two days, but he cut the grass enough that someone with a riding mower and a push mower could finish the job. it was an expensive lesson, but it taught me and others a lot about determination.
Two days later, the man on the skate board was back. He told me that he'd heard I needed someone to help me paint. I hesitated for a moment.Then I told him no.
That night my conscience wouldn't let me sleep. God took me to 1 Corinthians 13. He let me know that a strong will defies odds. You can accomplish anything if you have the will to do it. AND the most important thing--If a child of God desires to accomplish something, if there is no way, God will make, create a way!
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.