Die in the diminutive

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2016

“Real love dares you to the really dangerous: die in the diminutive.”- Ann Voskamp

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”- 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

As Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 7 of The Broken Way, she explains that love doesn’t always mean agreement with someone.  However, love always involves sacrifice for someone.

Therefore, real love doesn’t look like Hollywood heroism.  The holy truth? Ann’s answer: “Real love looks like a sacrificing Savior.”

Consequently, Ann gives an in-depth description of real love.  Real love lives in small moments of sacrifice:

“Be broken and given in the small, moments so small no one may applaud at all.  Pour out your life . . . in the back of the room, back behind the big lights.  Pour out your life in small moments — because it’s only these moments that add up to the monumental.  The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of His love everywhere you go.  Love is so large that it has to live in the holiness of small moments of sacrifice.”

These small moments, written into the inner hem of your heart, possess the potential to change how someone breathes.

In conclusion, Ann observes that real love comes quietly in the really small gestures.  Love comes in the way your hands and feet move to speak your heart.

Today’s question: How has real love dared you to the really dangerous: die in the diminutive?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Our daily liturgies”

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