Life is an exciting journey that God gives to be experienced to the fullest. It’s not about the stuff we gather or the things we own. People are what really matter. I have been blessed in life to have a great family, tremendous friends and fantastic co-workers that make living sweet and rewarding. Oh, along the way there are rough spots, but they are only designed to make us stronger and more faithful.
Love is defined as “a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.” Problem is we water down the meaning when we express things like; “I love going to the beach,” or “I love my new shoes,” and “I love Big Macs.” Love is intended to be for relationships. The agape love God shows you is the love you are to strive to mirror to others. A love without condition, no strings attached.
Mendy Rudolph was a professional basketball official for many years. One night while referring a game he had made a few questionable calls and a lady yelled from the stands, “If you were my husband I would put poison in your coffee.” Without missing a beat he replied, “Lady if you were my wife I would drink it!”
Loving the people who love you is easy, but how do you love the unlovely? The folks who test and try your patience at every turn? A great pastor once shared five important things to do when preparing to love those that make it a challenge.
1. Experience God's love
2. Forgive your enemies
3. Think loving thoughts
4. Act in love
5. Expect the best
In I Corinthians 13 the Bible states “ And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Life is short. No matter how long you live, everyone would like to have another day, week or month. Don’t waste your time being angry, bitter and alone. God loves you and wants you to share that love with others. Reach out to someone today in the spirit of God’s love.
Truth is I really do love Big Macs!