I have a tight schedule this morning. I need to pick up our kids from Miami from a cruise they’ve been on and traffic is…well, it is. My first thoughts were I’ll have to abandon this week’s Five-Minute Friday. Because, really, 5 minutes?
There are rules for this free-writing frenzy. Rules that I often abandon. I don’t set a timer but were I to guess, I’d say it’s closer to 10 to pull my scattered thoughts together. I know it’s at least 10 when I set about finding a photo to include with the post.
These guidelines for this word prompt are few, stretched by most of us, and grace given by all.
The one we hold to is the hospitality rule: visit others. Always. We visit the new one sitting alongside our post on the link-up and we visit those who’ve become familiar. I know I’ll be seeing some Five-Minute Friday friends each week. We’ll stop by to share kind words and spread the grace.
I confess: I’m a pick-and-choose rule keeper. There are times I think that just maybe, I have a teeny tiny problem with authority. Just a little 😉 And while I like to laugh it away, it’s not one to have when I recognize God as my authority. He has rules too. But his rules are bathed in grace and more of my making than his. His desire is that we’d abandon the rule-keeping and put in its place love. To do all things in love because of love. Our love for him, his love for us.
The rules he gives aren’t confining or rigid. Because when we act in love we abandon the confines of shoulds and striving to be better than. To quote Bob Goff, “love does”.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 the Message