December 14, 2021

Laurel Cavazos
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18

I have been thinking a lot recently about what it truly means to love someone. The Lord has helped me realize that love is so much more than just a feeling we experience towards those we love. Love is an active choice we make every day to seek the well-being of others, even when it is inconvenient to us.

Every day, I am encountered with different opportunities to love someone, my roommates, a professor, an elderly woman struggling to get her trash to the end of the driveway. Each day God allows me to share His love with people, but often it requires me to slow down and not be in such a hurry. All too often, I pass up these opportunities because they aren’t convenient to my perfectly laid out schedule. But when I do that, I miss out on showing someone the love God has for them.

Loving someone doesn’t look like only serving them when it is convenient to me. Love requires me to expect nothing in return. It requires me to go out of my way. Love cares about the person right in front of me regardless of who they are. Love is sacrificial.