Loving your Neighbor the right way

Cartoon of a boy and a teacher. The boy says, "Every time I try to love my neighbor, I get hit with a restraining order!"

Alas, if you get slapped with a restraining order, you probably aren’t loving your neighbor the right way! Continue reading “Loving your Neighbor the right way”

Love each other or perish

Cartoon of parents and a son in a vehicle. The son says, "Love, love, love! That's all you ever talk about. Do you think the rest of the world operates this way?"

Cartoon of parents and a son in a vehicle. The son says, “Love, love, love! That’s all you ever talk about. Do you think the rest of the world operates this way?”

For a class, I’ve been reading Tuesdays with Morrie. in the book, Mitch Albom quotes his dying professor:

“If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, ‘Love each other or perish.'”

Often, we don’t see love as a necessity. But it is as important as water or food. We need to give unselfish love as much as we need to receive it.

  • If you are a parent, continue to love your kids through the times they aren’t very lovely. Everything is a season.
    • Sooner or later, they’ll realize how much you love them.
    • Sooner or later, you’ll need them as much as they need you now.
  • If you are married, remember your vows. Learn to love unselfishly, especially when you don’t feel like it.
    • Be there for them in every situation.
    • You never know when you will need him or her to be your advocate.
  • If you are single, find a group of friends at church or another institution.
    • Find a group that you can be an advocate for.
    • If your parents are alive, find ways to honor them

No matter where we are in life, we can find someone to love unconditionally as they learn to do the same. Because at the end, the only thing that matters is love.

And it’s okay to talk too much about love. If you’re kids get annoyed about all the love talk, then at least you know they are getting the message.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

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Jabbing at Picture Books

Cartoon of a dad reading a bedtime story to his son. The son says, “Read me the one about the dad who loved his son no matter what!”

USA Today has an article about the guys from JibJab getting into the picture book market. Gregg and Evan Spiridellis are using iPads and what they’ve learned from the e-card market  to bring kids into the picture book… literally.

I loved the fact that technology can bring picture books into a new realm. Just think what could happen in a couple of years! We could have animated picture books where the child is embedded into the story as if it was a home movie. There could be pop-up books that utilize 3D technology to put the child in the story. How would a kid react to see themselves pop out of the story? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Some people may see this as a bad thing. But I believe any technology used to tell a story can be just as legitimate as any other. Content is the important thing. A poor story will flounder whether it is done traditionally or with every bell and whistle a programmer can throw at it. At the same time, a good story will shine whether it is done on back of napkins or in an iPad app.

However, technology can get in the way of a parent. If an e-reader is used in the place of a dad who doesn’t want to read that dad-blamed story for the one-hundredth time, then something very valuable is lost. Kids need to have their parents read to them whenever it is possible.

What are your thoughts?