I am embarking on a new challenge for the rest of this summer. Each week, I am going to be focusing on incorporating one of the Fruits of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23) into my daily life, adding one a week. One post a week will be focused on that trait here on my blog. If you want to join me, feel free, and let me know in the comments :)
Love. It's a word we use a lot. And the new cliché, rather than "love is blind" or something like that, seems to be "love is an action, not a feeling." It's been said so many times that we tend to go, "Yeah, yeah, whatever," and shrug it off.
But the action of love is a very real thing, and it's not something that can be summed up in a single paragraph.
Love is when you roll out of bed in the night and sing the baby back to sleep, even though you could just sleep through it and let her cry.
Love is doing the dishes in the dead of night instead of watching that movie.
Love is sitting by the bedside of a wrinkled face, clasping a hand and whispering that you're there to someone who doesn't remember your name.
Love is when you drop the books and go running to pick up your sister when she cries.
Love is giving up your time, your money, your comfort, your schedule, your emotions, and your security to take an orphan to whom you owe nothing into your home and show him what a family really is.
Love is crying out on your knees all night for the family member who has run off and made the worst choices that you can imagine.
Love is donating the time and money you'd initially planned to use for something else to volunteer and help those who you've never met.
But, of course, love is also a giddy feeling in your chest when you see the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
Love is both the knowledge and the emotion that carry you to the altar.
Love is crying when you see your baby's face for the first time and never feeling something like this before.
But there is more to love even than this.
Love is a cry in a manger one night.
Love walked the earth, healing those it came into contact with.
Love was hands stretched out on the cross.
Love was an explosion of light out of the tomb.
The challenge this week: Live like He lives. Love like He loves. Let yourself go. Consider others more significant than yourself.
We love because he loved us first. ~1 John 4:9