Here’s the challenge…for one day, love everything and everyone around you.
Make the conscious decision to love and show love in absolutely every aspect of your life.
Love the people that you come into contact with, and deal with every situation in a loving way. See the good in people, see the positive in circumstances, and let your love shine like the brightest light in a dark room.
It’s something that all of us should do every single day, but for now, just give it a try today. I honestly believe that if our focus was to love and we would live our lives passionately from that place, there would be an incredible reduction in the stress, pressure, and conflict most of us deal with on a daily basis. If everyone on the planet got in on it, we could solve the vast majority of the problems we face as a human race. Seriously.
There is a reason that Christ taught in the Bible, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these”. If we would learn that lesson, and apply this to our lives, the world would be a different place.
For today, get a taste of that world. Feel what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of God. Love all that surrounds you and pay attention as the love flows back.
I’ve never been accused of being a hippie, and I don’t shy away from the fact that life presents challenges and is not always a shiny, happy place. But I can tell you with absolute certainty that love is the answer. And it really doesn’t matter what the question is.
At the risk of sounding like I’m preaching, I’m going to go back to the Bible and share a few verses that speak to the nature of love, and that illustrate how powerful it is. Read it and see if it inspires you. Then go put it into practice for the next 24 hours. If you dig it, do it again the next day, and so on. This is another one of those tips that you will never be sorry for applying, even if just for a short time. Of course, if you make this one a habit, your life will be amazing in an almost unbelievable way. This is what it’s truly all about.
This is from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4 through 8:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
So…can I get an Amen?