I remember when I was 11 years old, our teacher who was also a senior citizen nun gave us a project: Memorize 1 Corinthians 13, type it and decorate it on a piece of paper. It was very memorable to me because this particular project taught me to do my best despite the lack of what was required, and of course the unconventional meaning of L-O-V-E.
I didn’t have a typewriter during that time. So, I tried my best to painstakingly write each word legibly instead, decorated it with a huge heart, a yellow cross inside the heart, hues of red, and other elements.
The next day, I saw all of my classmates’ work, which was all neatly typewritten. I passed my project anticipating a negative comment from my teacher-nun about not following her instructions. I was waiting, waiting, and waiting… until she finally called everyone’s attention.
My heart was already prepared for the worst. She then showed one of the projects to the class. Like, oh my, shame! It was my project! I just shrank! But I was surprised that instead of a negative comment, she actually complimented my work. She showed it as an example. She commended my handwriting and gave me the highest grade of 99 (minus 1 for not following her instruction?). It was the best feeling ever!
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Now, why I am sharing this story? Nothing, I just want to reminisce that I was also a good student (when I DECIDE to). Ha ha, kidding! I was actually carried away by memories as I flipped the pages of my Bible to 1 Corinthians. I was reminded when I first read on this special meaning about love.
What is love? Love, love, love… Our world introduced us to love as a romantic experience, a feeling, or an emotion. It’s always intense! But it never taught us the most important side of LOVE ~ that loving someone (romantically or not), is a DECISION. It is an every day CHOICE. It is an ACTION to take.
Do you want to love more fully? Do you want to experience TRUE LOVE? Here’s (for me) the best definition of love:
“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 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 keep going to the end.
Love never dies.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in the fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
❦ 1 Corinthians 13:3-8, 12-13 (The Message) ❦
Every day, I am indeed challenged to LOVE. >>>
What about you?
Decide on love. Choose to love. Live with love.