I can’t hear this passage without remembering the time I taught my son and daughter these words.
They were only four and five years old at the time, so I made a poster using a different color for each phrase. First, we focused on the red words: “Love is patient. Love is kind.”
Then we moved on to the orange words: “It does not envy. It does not boast.”
We proceeded in this colorful fashion until they had the entire passage memorized. It became our “First Corinthians Game.”
One morning, while I gathered laundry at the top of the stairs, I heard Parker say to his sister, “Let’s play First Corinthians!”
With a bored voice, Brynn responded, “No thanks.”
Undeterred, Parker said, “Okay. I’ll do it!”
At the top of the stairs, I stopped to listen and savor the moment.
In his tender four-year-old voice, Parker began: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not self-seeking.”
Just then, Brynn snapped at him, “It is not rude! You’re supposed to say, ‘It is not rude!’”
Parker had accidentally skipped that phrase, and Brynn took delight in pointing out her little brother’s error. An argument ensued.
Parker shouted back, “No! It is not self-seeking!”
Brynn yelled again, “No! It is not rude!”
My maternal moment of bliss was over. I had to go downstairs and break it up. Their words to each other were neither loving nor kind.
Later, I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony. Obviously, they had missed the point.
Sometimes we work so hard at getting it “right” that we miss the point too.
Sometimes we are quick to point out another person’s error.
Sometimes we take delight in another person’s mistake.
Yet . . .
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.
Love comes alongside a friend in despair.
Love rejoices in another person’s success.
Have you ever memorized I Corinthians 13:4-8?
Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes (although today I was closer to 7 minutes) to write about “delight.”