1 Corinthians 13:3-7
The Message (MSG)
3-7: "If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end."
When I read this the other day it really hit home. It is so simple, yet deep & meaningful. I have definitely been in a weird mental space as of late... It is almost as if this is exactly what I needed to read in the perfect moment. In my daily prayers I have been asking God to consume me, to unite with my heart & soul, to work through me, to emit love, to allow me to have the strength to live a life of love, in love. I desire to act out of love in every aspect of my life. Through my career, my relationships with my family & friends, and through even my seemingly small interactions with complete strangers. It’s the collection of small simple acts of kindness that go a long way. It is not only serving those you love & care deeply for, but also serving those in need that you hardly know, simply because you can. It is a life of love, compassion & openness.
I feel that lately I have been struggling to be fully committed to this way of being, and I know that I need so deeply to get back into that space. I feel fulfilled & complete when choosing to live my life through love & service. Love resists negative mindsets & doesn’t allow you to get trapped into unnecessary mind battles. Love doesn’t promote foul thoughts, or an insincere heart. Love isn’t angry, jealous, resentful, or doubtful. Love believes that all is possible. Love encourages growth, it is nurturing. A life of love is contagious.
My favorite line from above is “Love doesn’t want what love doesn’t have” It seems so simple on the surface, but so profound.... If you look at EVERY aspect of life through this lens - how in love & happy would we all be if we weren’t constantly seeking that which we didn’t have? What if instead we shifted our focus to loving what we do have. Does that mean that we settle & never grow or evolve or become more successful? No, quite opposite, as I believe that through focusing on loving what we have, we honor ourselves, our life, appreciate the people in our life, and our current relationships, and through this honor and nurture we allow the growth to naturally unfold. This is just my thought.
Some other points to ponder:
"Love never gives up." ...Even in the face of rejection or failure
"Love cares more for others than for self."...serve those you love
"Love doesn't want what it doesn't have." ...appreciate what is already before you
"Isn't always "me first," ...the world doesn’t revolve around just you, plus put somebody else first & watch how it always comes back around
"Trusts God always," ... Replace worry with prayer
"Always looks for the best," ...never assumes the worst