Love Dare Day Twelve: Love Lets Others Win

Editor’s note: The author explains her family’s Lenten commitment to take the Love Dare here . Regular updates will be posted all through Lent. Click here to catch up on previous posts. Due to CE staff scheduling, we will not be able to keep up with these posts daily, but we will make sure they are all posted, even though it means they run past Lent. ]

Give in to someone else’s preference during a disagreement.

“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” Philippians 2:4.

Yeah, right. Today was the worst day we have had during the dare. We only had one real example of someone giving in among the kids. My middle son let his older brother have the channel changer (know in other circles as the remote control for the television). Actual, we do have a lot of bickering around the TV, so I guess it was a good example…..but that’s where it seemed to end.

Not sure what happened today. The kids argued and bugged each other all day long! I was so short tempered by the time I finally went to bed that I had a headache. I even found it hard to give in today. One daughter insisted on playing the piano (when I just wanted it quiet), I gave in, but very reluctantly. My son wanted to watch a biking show on television when I wanted to catch up on the news, so I let him, but I admit I felt resentful about doing it. Why do we find letting some one else have their way so difficult to do? Why do I?

We will have to work harder at this part of the dare. For now, I am just glad that day thirteen will be a new day. We can start over and try again. I think we will all go to Confession on Saturday too. We need some extraordinary graces.

Lord, help us not to be too discouraged by the failings of today, but to pick up and try harder tomorrow.

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  • Warren Jewell

    “I think we will all go to Confession on Saturday too. We need some extraordinary graces.”

    How better to facilitate love than by getting Love involved?

    And, Mom, did you not exemplify the son that said he wouldn’t work the family vineyard, and then went out and did, as his father asked? (Matthew 21:28-31) He might have still groused over doing the task, even as he did it for obedience submitted to love.