this is an edited self portrait, a highly selective autobiographical work, a deliberately biased and practically limited portrayal of reality.
test everything you see.
what is love without compromise? what is love without reciprocity? what is required to do those?
larry d. rosalez-lewis | 25yrs out the womb
Anonymous asked: What helps you determine about love? How do you figure it out? I am fine if you use Bible as your source to use for your answer. I don't mind seeing that as answers.
i wonder if we ever figure it out? is there a moment when i can say that i’ve arrived, and i know all there is to know about love? i’m okay with it being a continual path of enlightenment on this side of eternity.
what i know now i’ve gathered from lots of time spent thinking about love. lots of time observing people interact with each other and listening to people’s experiences with love. lots of time pondering the ways i’ve received love; from my family, from friends, from my maker. and i absolutely use the bible as a source to learn about love.
torah shows me love as a narrative. it shows me that covenantal love isn’t without regulation. i read psalms and see that love is not always thrills & sunshine & rainbows. there are valleys. there’s darkness. there’s struggle. there’s pain, but even in the low places, love is there, and there’s reason to sing about it.
the book hosea showed me how enduring love can be, even when it’s not reciprocated. the gospel of matthew expands on this, and through the work of the son, showed me what love looks like as sacrifice. the epistles gave me some more practical evidences of love (1 cor 13) and reminded me of the preeminence of love over the other spiritual stuff we can ask for. the book of revelation begs me to remember just how serious love is, and what will happen if i forget it. and what will happen if i walk in it.
most of my loving works in theory. on paper it all fits together, but i’m not so great at the practice. still, i’m learning, working through it, and thankful that there’s grace. lots and lots of grace.
hope this helps some,
he still eats tho
he sneers at rich white men.
his public announcements of
disdain for greedy gain
don’t stop him from pimpin
his faculty &
his autonomy &
his capacity &
this skill & that skill.
he likes to eat.
he likes to eat, he likes to eat and
he lies to eat.
on the high way.
ca$h comes calling
on the wide way and
he sneers. but he still eats tho.