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Each day we have our agenda and tasks we want to complete. But the needs of life and relationships rarely fit neatly into our premade plans. Love is often inconvenient – calling us to action when our plans are elsewhere.

While there are many good things we want to accomplish, our plans are often disrupted by the needs of love.

A friend calls and needs our listening ear for an hour.

Our wife had a rough day at work and needs a little extra tender loving care.

Our kid needs a change of clothes at school and a parent calls just to check in.

These are not huge asks. And things we wouldn’t give a second thought to doing if we had the time.

But in the midst of a busy day, even these small requests are terribly inconvenient. Saying Yes puts us behind on the things we wanted to accomplish.

It’s tempting to dismiss the request and stay focused on our mission. We are trying to do something good and meaningful after all.

But the way of love is often inconvenient.

The call of love is to provide what is needed in the moment, not when it’s convenient.

For instance, we are to feed the hungry when they are hungry – not merely when it fits conveniently into our schedule.

To be sure, we all have limitations and cannot be everything to everyone. There are times when it’s wise not to neglect our agenda.

At the same time, love is often inconvenient. Life’s needs come whenever they do and demand our response.

Don’t let your agenda block you from the greater call to love in each moment.

Be diligent in accomplishing your tasks while also embracing the inconvenience of love.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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