Love Challenge

If you have been reading my blog for the last month or so then you know I have a new teaching job. I am a pull-out teacher for first and fourth grade, and if you care about it, you can read more about what I do here. Well, some days I get pulled to sub for certain classes if they couldn’t get a sub. Last Friday and yesterday I subbed for the same second grade class. After being there for two days, I already feel like I know the students in that class so well! I was amazed at how quickly they became attached to me and trusted me. I think I got about six letters that said “I love you” and had hearts drawn on it yesterday.

Isn’t it amazing how easily a child loves someone? How quickly a child can love someone without thinking twice about it? Now think about this some more. What can children teach us? Should we as adults love as simply and easily as a child? Why does it seem as we get older we love less and loving seems so much harder? Is it what we go through in life? Do circumstances happen that then make us harden our hearts to love others?

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14
Do you see what I’m getting at here? 🙂
I know not all of you reading may be Christians, and that’s okay. We all have our own beliefs, but Christian or not, I think we can all admit that love is very important and something our world desperately needs.
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Now I am not just talking about the love you feel for a spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend, I mean the love we should show to all of the people we come in contact with.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and everything that is on our to-do list, but I feel that we have such a greater calling in life than to just mark things off our to do-list, go to bed, just to wake up and do more things for ourselves. What type of life is this? What is the purpose of this? Think about it, our world keeps getting more and more selfish, and as this happens, we love less and less people.
If you are a Christian, then you have a huge responsibility! God died for you and for me, not just to forgive us so we can go on living guilt free for ourselves, but he forgave us so that we would live for Him and use our lives to glorify Him! What a better way to glorify Him than to love the people in our lives? Even the people who aren’t always easy to love.
 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”               Luke 6:27-31
That’s hard. It’s just natural to not like the people who are mean or rude to us. But think about it. How much better would our world be if we all just worked on loving people more? If we worked on loving the people who aren’t nice to us or on loving the people we see every day at work or the store but never give a second thought about. Every person in our life is there for a reason. Maybe that reason is so that you can show him or her love. Maybe you will make their day or change their life.
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Showing love to someone could be as simple as holding a door open for them, lending them a dollar, or just even asking them about their life and listening to them. Maybe you have a few extra cookies or treats around your house, why not share them with someone? Send someone a text saying you are thinking about them. Give someone a hug. A hug might be exactly what someone needs.
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How do we love someone though who we hardly know or is mean to us? Well, we have a good example.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Jesus, God, the Almighty Creator of the world, the only perfect one to ever walk this earth, died for us, a bunch of sinners. I mean he died to save the people who killed Him! How is that for loving those who it’s hard to love?? Now we can’t love people like this naturally, we have to ask God to give us the same love that He has for His people so that He can shine through us.

Here is another definition of love:

“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.” I Corinthians 13:4-7

Basically, I think we need to think of ourselves less, and think of others more. If we do this, I think we will naturally love more! Think about the people you normally don’t give a second thought about, and then think about how you can make them smile. 🙂 Think about how you can make a difference.

This is where the challenge comes in. I challenge you to love people more. Love those who are hard to love. Love those you barely know. Make someone’s day. Make our world a better place. I mean, if we all do this, think about how much better it could be! Plus, I honestly believe that if we start thinking about ourselves less and loving others more, we will be happier! Let’s try to love as easily as a child. 🙂 But you might not want to give an adult a letter that reads, “I love you” with a bunch of hearts. That might be a little creepy coming from someone who is older than ten years old. 😉

Will you take part in this Love Challenge? If so, think of something you can do differently today and this week! 

I would love to hear any of your comments!

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17 comments

  1. This is such a thought provoking post and reminds us that just a few words could change the world and someone’s day. It’s amazing what kids can teach us!

  2. I’ve just started reading your blog not too long ago, and I just wanted to say I love how sweet and real you are. I admire your total openness and DESIRE to share the wonderful truths of God’s Word not only through your life but also pointedly. It’s a breathe of fresh air in the blog world… 😉 Coincidentally (but not really since you probably know God never does coincidences), the last two Sundays the sermon at my church has been in 1 John, so the Lord’s definitely been working on me in the love area… and now you’re another part of His hand! So fun. Anyways, wish you the best and thanks for the post.

    Carla

    1. I am so glad you have started reading my posts! Your sweet words totally made my day, and are a reminder to me that God has me doing this blog for a reason! I am so glad this post was helpful to you!

  3. I will be participating in this challenge! I agree with you. We do need to think of others more. I do what I can to help the others around me. I hope a lot of other people join in on this challenge! 🙂

  4. It’s people like you who change the world for the better. I really admire you for taking time to write such a lovely & inspirational post. Thanks, darling! Continue shining your lovely smile & making others feel important!

  5. Love this post (pun maybe intended…). You are right. It gets so hard to love people sometimes because we get so wrapped up in our daily lives. Who has the time to love people? But it really is as simple sometimes as a kind word, a hug, buying someone’s coffee. Love doesn’t always have to be epic and extravagant.

    I am so thankful for the example that God set of true, unselfish love by sending Jesus to this earth. It’s an example that most of us will probably never 100% live up to, but I am so grateful for this love and how it has played out in my life.

  6. This is such a beautiful post with a great message, thank you for sharing. Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can find out more about what you have to do by checking out my latest blog post! 🙂

  7. Beautiful words, Becky. A reminder I definitely needed. I work with the public all day, and it’s very easy to not love people that are less than “ideal” or pleasant sometimes. I still strive to love others when I can, but I definitely need to work on this!

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