LOVING OUT LOUD
So I am in the grocery line and impatient is not even the word to describe how irritated I am waiting for the person in front of me. Shuffle, search, dig, shake – the hunting for the exact change in her purse has now become a community project as we all wait for her to find .57cents – like for real? I’m tapping my foot, breathing heavy, checking my watch, crossing my arms, huffing and puffing trying to push her through the line with my antics. No dice. Steady she goes and I realize I just need to pay her .57 cents and get on with it because it is obviously bothering me more than her.
I began getting that check, you know the one where you know the other person is not the problem – you are? That tugging on your heart that your attitude is just a little lower than Christ-like – okay well mine was way off, but you get the idea. I was not being understanding, considerate or anything, I was really being selfish and right then and there, I had a lesson to learn. I needed to love out loud.
Jn. 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that ye also love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Wow. The truth is, regardless of the external situation, we have an internal motivation always ready to be activated – that motivation is the love of Christ. The way in which He loved us is filled with service and sacrifice. Regardless of our past, present and future decisions, Christ loves us unconditionally. The challenge is now for us to love others with the same type of love.
It’s so funny that when we make mistakes we yearn and hope for people to have grace and forgiveness but when others make mistakes we sometimes reserve criticism and judgement. How about offering the love of God and allow Him to execute the judgement. It’s okay to really let God be God instead of trying to intimidate, threaten, huff and puff others into doing what we want. I learned that every day I have many moments to choose love or impatience. I have moments to make it all about Christ and less about me. May I LORD choose right all the time and not some of the time – AMEN AMEN
Have you had any un so Christian moments? Pray tell and help us all