Whatever season you are currently in, the word “love” has its own unique definition. It seems to me that love’s capacity to be compassionate is what makes its meaning so beautiful. Love has the ability to look past a person’s faults, insecurities, inadequacies and treat them as God treats you; with mercy (Deuteronomy 4:31). Love means more than being sympathetic to the broken hearted. It means getting on your knees, catching their tears and allowing your heart to break with theirs. Love also means genuinely rejoicing with someone without allowing seeds of jealousy, envy or maliciousness to take root. As simple as it might seem, I encourage you to be MORE supportive of others instead of seeking selfish affirmation.
Today, I received dramatically contrasting news about two families that are close to mine. One family is expecting their fourth child, and the other family lost their father. Half of my heart was rejoicing throughout the day and the other half was shattered by the pain my friend must be in with the loss of his father. I’m sure John Mayer has no idea that his song, “Half of My Heart” has taken on a whole new meaning. Regardless of the season you are in, we are called to love! 1 Corinthians 13:2 says that even if we have faith that can move mountains, but do NOT have love then we are nothing.
When the newborn draws its first breath, its lungs expand to almost full capacity. Miraculously, the baby is then fully aware that life is something to be taken in and equally distributed out. If all we do is consume love, we never allow the chance to live how God intended; breathe love in and exhale love equally. God calls us to love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). If we compare loving others to how much we require breath and exaltation we might begin to grasp the weight of this truth.
Peace out cub scouts,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”