Tuesday Truth: To Authentically Love

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In the repetitiveness of my daily routines, it becomes easy for me to forget the bigger picture of my life.

When waving good-morning  to my neighbor as I get in my car, I sometimes forget there’s an opportunity to get to know them instead of simply acting cordial while making a b-line to work.

As I interact with the same people in the office each day, at times I forget that I’m called to not only love others but to be an example of love…especially when I’m irritated by something we’re working on.

I forget that others are always watching. That the way I live my life day-to-day truly does matter. I guess sometimes I get tired and lazy; wanting a free pass as an excuse for poor behavior. And sometimes, I think “well what does it matter, anyway?”

Then I hear a story like one from Big Fisch, where a co-worker wanted him to know that the way he lives his life and interacts with people at the office makes a difference in their environment. That it’s obvious to him and others that Big Fisch cares; that there’s something different about him. Sure, Big Fisch doesn’t treat others perfectly, but he has made a positive mark on others because of the joy and love within him. And they want what he has.

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And I’m reminded how much in fact it does matter.  Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13)

Love, lived out, is contagious and infectious. Love spreads, takes over, and leaves you wanting more. To be treated with love is becoming rare to the point that when we experience it from someone, we’re left asking “why?”

Why do you care to love me?

And my answer, for those times that I actually do act in love instead of selfishness, is simply, Jesus. Because He first loved me.

And that’s exactly what I want others to ask when they interact with me; Why Heather? Why do you care?

Jesus commanded us to live like He did, so that His love would be spread. That is the purpose of my life; to make His name known. And it’s in the repetitive, mundane acts of life that this matters most. Because that is what people see. The difference is made first in how I treat others.

I am reminded once again that the “everyday ish” (dare I say?) truly does matter. My days have great purpose even when they feel so small.

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.  For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:8-10

I love how that verse says “to this end we toil and strive.” We really do have to toil and strive to live godly lives because it’s hard stinking work to not live sinful lives. It’s unnatural for us to act godly because we are prone to error. But God calls us to be persistent; to keep leaning on Him for strength and power to change so we can love authentically.

Jesus, help me to love authentically like you do. Help me to live as salt of the earth each day, in the small yet meaningful tasks you have given me, so I can make a difference for your kingdom.