Did I Love well Today?
Not too long ago, my dad passed away, and many days have been filled with the pain of that loss since then. Grief has led me down a road of processing memories—humorous, heartbreaking, happy, sad. Some unexpected emotions have slithered in as well—regret, anger, fear, emptiness. And some days I am filled with questions: Why now? Was it too soon? I still needed him. Why didn’t I call Dad that week he passed? He had been on my mind. Why didn’t I visit him in California more? I could have made more time. Why did our relationship have to be so strained at times? I wish we could just sit together and have one more conversation. And then always this one question…In the end, when it is all said and done, did I love my dad well?
Although I have to work out that last question and all of its answers before the Lord, it has been a catalyst for a reflection of my whole life: Do I, in general, love people well? Do I make the time? Am I intentional? Do I send the card? Do I knock on their door? Do I brave a hug? Do I take the time to have the long conversation sitting on the front porch with a glass of tea? Do I ask them about their walk with the Lord? Their salvation? Do I ask them the hard questions? Do I shed tears with them, laugh with them? Am I patient with them? Am I kind? Do I go out of my way to be the hands and feet of Christ? Do I love like He did?
Truly, this is what it is all about. In every action, every word, Christ was motivated by love—first for God thenfor others, and Jesus did not just love—He loved well. From the front cover to the end, the Bible makes it abundantly clear that we are to love each other well: Leviticus 19:18, Proverbs 17:17, Matthew 5:43-48, John 13:34, John 15:12-13, Romans 13:8-10, 1 Corinthians 16:14, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:7-8, and the list goes on.
This week, perhaps we could start our days by asking: Will I love well today? Will I love in the same way Christ has loved me? Will I be intentional? And perhaps end our days by asking: Did I love well today? Did I love in the same way Christ has loved me? Was I intentional? As we go forward this week, let’s commit to being intentional and to loving each other well.