When you hear of sudden tradegy in someone’s life it usually puts things in perspective. We realize that most of the things that we put our energy into will not matter when we are gone. We suddenly have a strong need to let our loved ones know we love them and go out of our way to show that love.
The sad thing is that in a short while all of that extra love and kindness stops and life takes over again.
What we seem to forget as our lives get busy, especially this time of year, is that at any moment EVERYTHING could be taken away; your family, house, car, job, friends, etc. and what has really been on my heart lately is what will I have accomplished in my life. I’m NOT talking about career, status, or obtaining monetary things.
We all have been created uniquely with special talents and skills, but we are ALL called for the same job in life. We are all called to live a life like Christ’s. One of love! One of service to others!
Our life shouldn’t be just about us or our close family. It needs to extend to everyone we come in contact with each day.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2: 3-5 NLT
We’ve all heard this verse,
Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Our guide through life (The Bible) talks about love and loving others throughout the entire book and it makes it very clear for us in Mark and Galatians.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this:’Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:31
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 6.14 NLT
For God does not show favoritism. Romans 2:11 NLT
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all started living up to our potential of showing love even with a simple smile or hello.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:16 NLT
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion–how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17
I challenge you along with myself today to start to do something everyday for someone else. Some research says that it takes about 21 days to form a habit, others say longer. So, let’s start with doing this for a month. You will have to be creative and recruit your family. What a great opportunity to teach your children love and how to be a service to others.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
If you need help coming up with some ideas, here is a link to Good Housekeepings 50 Simple Acts of Kindness (here).
But also be encouraged to do it all without expecting any kind of recognition or thank you.
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6: 1-4 NLT
I want my life to be an example for my children to love others more than themselves. To be willing to give no matter what others may say and to do it out of a heart of love like Christ’s.
Best wishes on this journey of courtesy, affection, gentleness, good will, tolerance, grace, hospitality, and unselfishness.