For the past year I have been asking God what loving a particular person in my life looks like. We all have those people in our lives that are not easy to show love too, it's not that we don't feel love for them. Sometimes it is a feeling sometimes it is a choice. I have been at the place where I have needed to deliberately choose to love and have been at a loss for what that looks like. Why? Because I had shown love to this person in the ways I knew best for over a decade now. But each time I did it was rejected in one way or another.
This week I saw God in an answer to my year long question of "God can you please show me what loving this person looks like?" The answer was to go where I didn't want to go, listen to what I didn't want to listen to, be in a physical environment that was uncomfortable, and keep my mouth shut or walk away when I wanted to retaliate. It wasn't easy. But it made for a peaceful week and a positive response from the person I needed to show love to.
God's grace was sufficient to see me through and I learned a valuable lesson in the process. The one word answer to my year long question posed to God was "sacrifice".