In the midst of all the dust settling after the U.S. Election, I think most people are just happy the ugly commercials ended. That’s really what we all can agree on right!!? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for everyone to stop their ranting and raving and even the hooting and hollering. None of that is going to solve our problems. None of that is going to heal our nation or any of the others for that matter. None of it will feed the hungry or put roofs over the homeless. None of it.
But I do believe that something could heal our nation and it is not controlled by anyone but ourselves. It’s not always easy or pain-free. It won’t be something that most of us think is “natural.” It is love. I know… maybe you are thinking… oh that’s cheesy. And maybe it “reads that way.” But I’ve learned a thing or two about love in my 45 years on this earth. I know that love is not always just a feeling with butterflies fluttering in your tummy and sweaty palms. I know that love in a lot of cases is a choice. Stick with me here please. We are ALL human. No one can say that they are always right. WE ALL make MISTAKES. When you take a step back, and really look at our world and witness the hate…what comes out of it? Nothing good. But when you witness love in all forms…it is good. It is contagious. It is freeing! Have you witnessed that in a while?
The other day, I was checking out at my favorite grocery store Aldi. I love Aldi! I love it for a million reasons (more on that another time)! I felt a prompting to pay for the woman’s groceries behind me. She was a sweet ole’ lady that I felt needed to feel some love. Do I normally do this? No. And I’m not trying to make myself look good...at all! I just want to give a simple example of love. That good, loving “still small voice” in your head is the Holy Spirit working for you. I simply followed it. I slipped some cash to the grocery clerk and told her to use this cash for her groceries. I expected to do this without her knowing but the clerk told her and pointed to me after (as I was packing my groceries). And I was glad she did in the end because I got to give a big hug to that sweet ole’ lady and see her beautiful smile and surprise on her face…a smile from feeling loved. A simple, encouraging note to the gal serving you at Starbucks is love. Leaving a small gift card and note for your mailman/woman and garbage person is love. Leaving a meal or treat on the steps of your new or old neighbor is love. There are so many ways to show love. No matter what they believe or support, is not for us to judge. What if our sole purpose here on earth is to display love? What if all that we are doing, instead of love, is worth nothing?
Every morning is a new beginning for each and every one of us. I believe that when you make that choice to love someone or something (even when you don’t feel like it)…that eventually it won’t just be a choice anymore. It will be natural. It will be the answer to what we were designed to do.
Let the truth speak for itself. 1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT If I had the gift of prophesy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love