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What is it like to know that no matter how messed up you might be, the Good Shepherd looks at you with love…

Love begins, not with loving, but with being loved. Being loved gives you the freedom and resources to love. We can only give what we have received.

Paul Miller (Love Walked Among Us)
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It’s tough to love people when they constantly come into your space, demanding your attention. But if we are always in control, deciding whom and when we will love, then we risk having a weak imitation of love. If we aren’t open to our schedule being interrupted or our bank account being tapped, then we might be fooling ourselves as to our own goodness. Love gives.

Paul Miller (Love Walked Among Us)
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Judging is knee-jerk, quick, and bereft of thought, while compassion is slow and thought-filled. By slowing down so that I could feel compassion, I was closer to [my daughter and wife]. If I’d speeded up and judged, I would have been distant from them. Judging separates and, thus, destroys community; compassion unites and creates community.

Paul Miller (Love Walked Among Us)