I don’t watch a lot of TV. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to really engage that activity. This lack of habit can make things a little awkward when someone says “Have you seen the latest xxxxx?” Nope. Oops, end of conversation.
But, when I do watch TV, I enjoy reality shows that feature law enforcement doing what they do best. For example, I thoroughly loved the show “Alaska State Troopers.” I loved it before we moved to Alaska. Loved it even more when we lived in Alaska and I got to know a few of those troopers.
But, alas, the love is gone. Why? Well, to be clear, it’s not because the troopers are any less amazing or dedicated to their work. It’s because I have seen each episode more than a few times (when I do watch TV, I want to watch something I know and like). In this case, familiarity breeds, well… not contempt, but boredom. When you know how the story ends, the rest of the story can get a bit dull.
The same can be said for most Christians and 1 Corinthians 13. You know, “Love is patient, love is kind…” and such. It is a passage that has been well-used and, perhaps, over-used in some contexts. If I had a nickel for every wedding that used it…
Familiarity with a particular verse can lead us to forget to dig into it as deeply we, perhaps, should. We know how the story ends. We certainly have a fondness for the verses, but they are a foregone conclusion in some ways for us.
This week, I invite you to read 1 Corinthians 13.1-13. Try to see it with fresh eyes. Come Sunday, we will come to this much-loved passage and, I hope, we will find it in our hearts in a new way.