I want my life to matter.
I think we all want our lives to matter.
Sometimes I see really gifted people and I get discouraged because I am not as gifted as they are.
Sometimes I see really smart people and I wish I had that kind of brilliance…what a difference I could make.
Sometimes I see really focused people who crank out an amazing amount of work and I wish I was more like that.
If only those things or other things were true, I could really make my life matter. I could really make a difference.
I was reading the Bible recently and came across a familiar passage. The kind of passage that tempts me to fast forward to something else because the ground has been covered again and again. Yet, because God’s Word is alive and the Holy Spirit is always on the job, it stopped me in my tracks.
1 Corinthians 12:31b- 13:3 “And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
My perception of who matters and what makes a difference is often very different than God’s.
You can have supernatural gifts and be nothing but noise.
You can be a great speaker with the church packed full and be nothing.
You can have insight that will make people marvel and be nothing.
You can be right about everything and be nothing.
You can exercise earth shaking faith and be nothing.
You can magnanimously donate millions of dollars and get your name on the building and be nothing.
You could die for a cause and still be nothing.
What matters then?
Love is what matters.
Love is the one thing that means everything.
When I think about whether I am using my life in ways that matter, the first question on my mind is not “how well am I loving people?” And, that is a tragic mistake because that is the first question that God is asking.
It shouldn’t surprise us.
“Love…this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love…” –Matthew 22:37-40
Yet somehow, love gets dropped down the list of things that really matter.
We could change that.
We could choose to above all else make it a priority to love well.
Love means that you start putting others first.
Love means that you start deliberately speaking words that build others up.
Love means you have that hard conversation.
Love means that you start demonstrating compassion and care.
Love means that you start being generous without expectation for something in return.
Love means you fight for your relationships.
Love means you don’t give up on people.
Love works itself out in a million different ways, but in every way it is acting for the good of the other.
You can do that.
I can do that.
No one needs to be the most gifted or intelligent to love. You just have to do it. And when you do, God says that your life matters greatly.
Love well, my friends.
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