Thursday, October 13, 2011

Love Sees Through a Telescope Not a Microscope

One Christmas morning, little Amy was delighted to find a beautiful golden-haired doll among the presents she unwrapped.  "She's so pretty!"  Amy squealed in excitement as she hugged her new doll.  Then rushing to hug her grandmother, the giver of the doll, she cried, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Amy played with her new doll most of the day, but toward evening she put it down and sought out one of her old dolls.  Amy cradled the tattered and dilapidated old doll in her arms.  Its hair had nearly worn away, its nose was broken, one eye was askew, and an arm was missing. 

"Well, well," Grandma noted, "it seems as though you like that old dolly better."

"I like the beautiful doll you gave me, Grandma," little Amy explained, "but I love this old doll more, because if I didn't love her, no one else would."

We all know the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  A similar saying might be, "Love is the choice of the beholder."  When we see faults in others, we can choose to look beyond them.  We can choose to love them regardless of their negative attributes, faults, or quirks.

Love endures long and is patient and kind... it takes no account of the evil done to it--pays no attention to a suffered wrong.

1 Corinthians 13: 4,5

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