“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples - when they see the love you have for each other.” - John 13:34-35
Just over four years ago, our lives were literally turned upside down when we welcomed our first daughter into the world. We knew life was about to get crazy, we just didn’t know how crazy! The daily basic rhythms that we had taken for granted until she entered the world were gone. Cue the incredible army of friends, life group members and complete strangers from the church community, showing up at our door delivering hot meals so that we weren’t living on two-minute noodles for the first month of her life.
It had been something we had been prepared for, having been around our church community a while (and cooking for others prior to our own wee bundle arriving) we knew it was the ‘done’ thing; however it was not something my family (who are not part of a faith community) were prepared for. As bystanders, they were completely blown away at the support we were receiving, not just from our friends but also complete strangers.
Often, we underestimate the impact our small, seemingly insignificant gestures and actions can make. But this commandment reminds us that as carriers of Christ’s love, our actions will point people back to Him.
Lord, thank you that it is because You loved us first that we have the ability to love. Help me to love those in the community that are in need of your love. Would you open my eyes to see those in need? Amen.
What is one small action you could do today (random act of kindness, prayer, a meal) that would bless somebody else?