“We are shaped and fashioned by what we Love”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Honestly, I’ve had sooo many thoughts about this quote since first reading it back in January! And yet, as I sit to write I’ve been dealing with a bad case of writers block....coupled with a Lyme flare....let’s just say my normal scrambled egg brain is definitely under cooked....you know, normal scrambled eggs at least take bite sized, solid form....yet, currently these eggs just hit the pan and boy are they drippy🤪 So here it goes....
I started to think about this quote and a couple bible verses Mom would always use on us as we were growing up...mainly when we were going out the door to hang out with our friends...I think she also wanted to make sure we weren’t “the bad company” these other kids were hanging out with. 😬😝 She wanted to make sure our characters were kind, caring....good.
“Do no be misled, bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Now, Im sure you’ve all heard statements like “we are defined by our top 5 friendships/ “we are who we hang out with”/ "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." “We are what we eat.” (Guys I know... stick with me on this and I promise I’m not writing this while I’m hungry! or am I?🤔😂)
With all that being said, I started to think about the correlation of how the things and the people I love shape the person I am and who I continue to grow to be.
I went back to the example of what our Mother loved and how it shaped and defined not only her life but carried the legacy of what she started into our lives. This concept made me reflective of my own life. What are the things I hold most dear? What values? Do the things I love shape who I am? Are good things holding my heart and affections? It made me take inventory and for this I am grateful.
My prayer is that I love God the most in my life, so that through His exemplary and perfect love I can love the people around me. But not in a love that is superficial. Love, at times is not easy, it’s looking past offense and misunderstandings. Loving people who don’t look or act like you! It’s loving people you may not agree with...the kind of love that looks like the love of Jesus. It’s that scary kind that is steadfast and true. The kind I cannot give on my own.
So I challenge you this Valentine’s Day to not just get caught up in superficial or commercial love, yet rather ask yourself “ what do I love, and how does this love shape me?”
Until the next post,
~ Janna, Jared & Jenneka
Sibs & Co.