I Love You Anyway
The fear of rejection may be one of the most basic fears of the human
experience. Dr. Joe Harding tells a heart-warming story of a man who finally
decided to ask his boss for a raise in salary. It was Friday. He told his wife
that morning what he was about to do, All day the man felt nervous and
apprehensive. Late in the afternoon he summoned the courage to approach his
employer. To his delight, the boss agreed to a raise.
The man arrived home to a beautiful table set with their best
china. Candles were lighted. His wife had prepared a festive meal. Immediately he
figured that someone from the office had tipped her off! Finding his wife in the
kitchen, he told her the good news. They embraced and kissed, then sat down
to a wonderful meal. Next to his plate the man found a beautiful lettered
note. It read: "Congratulations, darling! I knew you'd get the raise! These
things will tell you how much I love you."
While on his way to the kitchen to get dessert he noticed
that a second card had fallen from her pocket. Picking it off the floor, he read:
"Don't worry about not getting the raise! You deserve it anyway! These things will
tell you how much I love you."
Total acceptance! Total love. Her love for him was not
contingent upon his
success at work. In fact, just the opposite. If he were to fail there, if he
were to be rejected by his boss he'd be all the more accepted at home. She
stood behind him no matter what; softening the blows, healing the wounds,
believing in him, loving him. We can be rejected by almost anyone if we're
loved by one.
That's the way families can be with each other. And I like to
think that's the way God is with us, too! "We love because He first loved us."
[ Author Unknown -- from RLEnrich@aol.com, via Keith Todd ]
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