I was watching our Leafs tonight and thinking about last Sunday’s App for Life.
If you haven’t been with us (or haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the sermons online) we have been working through a series this Lent called, “There’s an App for That!”
Last week we talked about trust. Not trust between me and God but rather relationally, between me and others. Or, as I have been considering, me and the Leafs.
We talked about how in all relationships we have have EXPECTATIONS and in all relationships there are EXPERIENCES. Sometimes there is a gap that is created when our experiences do not meet our expectations.
I have an expectation that my Leafs will win a hockey game. I expect them to play well and execute shots that result in goals. Unfortunately, my experience in that relationship doesn’t always meet my expectations. There is a gap. Like a gap that allows the opponent’s goal in the net.
Paul speaks of love in his letter to the Corinthians. In addressing love as it relates to trust, Paul says love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:9). Love goes out its way to think the best. Love, says Paul goes out of its way to preserve at all cost the integrity of the relationship.
But here is the thing. I choose what goes in the gap. In the midst of the experience I might believe that the other party has decided what goes in the gap. After all they didn’t do what I expected, so that means they have forced me to assume the worse. Actually they don’t control what I put in this gap at all, I do.
Okay perhaps my “relationship” with the Leafs may not be the best example. Put in someone’s name and the illustration works. But to you cynical Leaf fans I wonder if you have just decided to assume the worst. I admit I am writing this with one minute left in the third period and the Leafs are up 3 to 2, but as we all know, anything can happen. I have decided that Paul is right, love is blind. I have decided to believe the best!
Go Leafs Go!