But the greatest of these is love
How are your resolutions going? If you’re not the resolution type, perhaps you have a goal you’re working towards, an area of focus, or a word of the year…how are those going?
Everyone has that “thing” on their mind they’re trying to work towards, be more intentional about, or do differently this year.
But do you know what rarely seems to make the list?...
In the midst of our pursuits, we forget that Jesus tells us that love is that matters most - loving Him, loving others, and doing things out of love.
Whatever your focus or goal might be this year, might you consider whether love plays the leading role? What kind of fruit could this year bear if you:
Loved people better - truly seeing them for who they are, listening better, being more present, and meeting others where they’re at and not where you want them to be?
Chose to love even when it was hard simply because that’s what Jesus did? Shined a light by your love in a world where darkness wants to prevail?
Loved yourself better - taking care of yourself (and your soul) because you are his “beloved”, choosing wisely what you allowed into your mind, heart, and body?
Prioritized loving God first because he first loved you - seeking Him through prayer, his word, and stillness.
Today, when we find ourselves overcomplicating, overthinking, overdoing, and striving, ground us in your truth, God. Give us strength to persevere in the things we’re working towards this year, but remind us often of what really matters. Keep our eyes fixed on you when distractions come our way. Help us to not miss the dozens of opportunities you’ve given us today to practice love with the people around us. Help us to make space in our lives to experience your love first today and as your love fills our hearts and minds, may it flow out into the lives of those around us.
“I pray that your love would flow more and more. And that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters…” PHIL 1:9-10