You know what's great about making new friends? You're invited into stories you've never heard before. When people feel a sense of welcome and safety with you, they begin to tell you where they've come from and who they've been throughout their lives. You get the highlight reel of the major moments, what shaped them into the people they are today.
What stands out in those stories is love. Even in the midst of challenges and trials, we get to hear about the praying grandmother who never stopped believing in them. We get to hear about the coach who took our new friend under his wing and treated him like a son. These stories give us a glimpse into the struggles, but they almost always introduce us to heroes who faithfully loved;
God said of all the virtues we strive to live out, faith, hope, and love remain. And the greatest is love. Not surprisingly, these things that God says remain are the very things the world attacks. Our programs might work, but it's love that lasts. After the curtain falls on our lives and people reflect on who we were and what we did, they won't remember the extra hours we put in at the office or that the house was always tidy. They'll remember the ways our love impacted their lives.
At the end of our days, I'm certain we'll find that what we did with our love is what we did in our life. Nothing else will make the highlight reel. Everything else-our titles, our accomplishments, our books, our notoriety-will end up on the editing room floor. Anything is worth doing if it's done with love, and nothing's worth doing if it comes at love's cost. Hold your priorities up to love's test and do this: throw yourself into anything that passes.
What have you been prioritizing lately that doesn't hold up to love's test?