Stop! Love is not a chemical reaction or an emotion or even the universe acting on our behalf, but a divine being who is love and acts in love, all the time! For us to love well, we must first embrace God’s love.
Our culture is losing its grip on the value of real, human, interaction and community, even casually. Focused more on self - even in the name of justice - we've reduced people to simple objects.
We cannot turn a blind eye to the needs of the refugee, just as a firefighter won’t ignore the dispatch tones. But we must do it with wisdom, so we can live to rescue another day.
Do we leave positive imprints on others that will live on after us? For thoughtful contemplation. Are we serving as powerful examples? Or, do we just use up resources for our pleasure?
The greatest present you can give to anyone is your presence. Being in the moment, listening and paying attention tells others that you give a flip. It sends the signal that they are important and that they are worth your care.
There’s a learned art of sympathy and compassion that must be utilized for moments when people flip between emotional turmoil and horrific cognition.
Sometimes the most seemingly disconnected events can be saying the same thing. Human hearts cry out for the same thing, expressed in different ways. Love!
Come away from yourselves! Ignore the news reports, stop reading the memes and lock your eyeballs onto another human being! Seek to understand rather than to be understood.
For the church, “Come and get it” can no longer be the only ticket on sale.We have opportunities to be effective, relevant and healthfully engaging our communities - and we don’t have to plan any of them! It's about the art of loving people!
When we understand what fear is and what it can do, it can become powerless, defeated, deflated.