Usually every day opportunities arise to show love. If you are married your spouse and children are prime recipients. In most cases our love demonstrations are so common and so every day that we hardly consider it showing love. In fact it might be just a normal reflex or “responsibility.” When that happens is it still love?
In the course of the day we are often confronted with opportunities to help others in little things such as opening a door for someone, picking something up for someone, saying something encouraging to someone. We do it almost automatically. Is that love?
Sometimes we are asked to give someone some help and so we go out of the way to respond to that request. We may not always feel too happy about this unexpected interruption to our plans, but we do it anyway. Is that love?
Is love a deed or an attitude? In the Bible (1 Cor 13) we are told that
“Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Using this as a guideline we would have to conclude that love is first of all an attitude. Love focuses on others, not ourselves. Love seeks that which is best for others. It does not have to be romantic or even exciting. In fact it may be hard, unpleasant, and costly for the one showing it. However, it pays great dividends. In God’s eyes it is the greatest thing one could do, as well as the most necessary. We tend to think of February 14th as the “Day of Love” but really Valentine’s Day could be occurring in our lives 365 days a year. Everyone we meet should be our Valentine. We are thankful to our volunteers who make our Bridge Mothers and their children their Valentine every day, loving and lifting them out of homelessness.
If you would like to put love into Action, please contact The Bridge to Hope today. There are three ways today you can show your Love:
- Create a mentoring Church Team from your church, sponsor a homeless single mother today and provide hope and a home
- Volunteer in our Child Enrichment Ministry
- Coordinate a drive to meet our Needs List
Visit our website Get Involved, start today.