Being "Too" Spiritual
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1
By Jill Briscoe
My waking thought was of my husband Stuart’s fine sermon on Noah and his ark. Earnestly looking into what I could see of Stuart’s 6:00 a.m. eyes, I said intensely: “Darling, I want to be like Mrs. Noah today! You are my Noah, and I think of you as providing and building an ark so you can invite people to come in out of the judgment of God! I want to be your helpmate in this wonderful work.”
There was silence, then, “Good! Why don’t you get up and clean the ark?”
We can be far too spiritual, especially at 6:00 a.m. in the morning! I am an extremely intense sort of person, while my husband is practical and relaxed. I had to learn to show him my love in concrete ways, instead of just talking about it all in spiritual terms. I came to realize that after teaching and preaching all day long, Stuart did not need to come home to some more sermons! What he needed was to be the recipient of some love in action by way of a good meal ready on the stove, a warm tidy house, and a wife ready to enjoy her husband. And so I put away my Bible dictionaries well before supper time and begin to practice love “God-style” as explained to me by the apostle Paul.
The animals need feeding, Mrs. Noah – let’s be up and at ‘em!