Don’t Forget the Love

Singing in the car

As I was driving my daughter to school this morning for her first day of class, I started singing a song.

This is not uncommon; I love to sing and will often sing in the car.  I am amazed how God uses that to start conversations with my daughter- like today.

I started singing:

We are One in The Spirit,
We are One in The Lord.
We are One in The Spirit,
We are One in The Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.

Chorus
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love,
By our Love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

2nd verse:
We will work with each other,
We will work side by side.
We will work with each other,
We will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity
And save each man’s pride.

3rd verse:
We will walk with each other,
We will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other,
We will walk hand in hand.
And together we’ll spread the News
that God is in our land.  (written by: Peter Scholte)

After I got done singing, my daughter asked me what the song was about.

I started talking to her about how important love is for Christians.  I reflected on 1 Corinthians 13 as I was talking to her- and I said:

  • When Mama washes the dishes, I do it with love.
  • When I help you get dressed for school, I do it with love.
  • When I cook a meal, I do it with love.

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“I do all these things with love because of the love that God has shown me. He made us to share it.”

As I talked to my daughter, tears came to my eyes.  It was a poignant reminder for this Mom.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is the essential ingredient.

I don’t want my days to be lived making a lot of noise (vs1) or serving till my fingers are covered in callouses and my own body is beaten and worn (vs3) and come to realize that it was all for naught because I failed to love.

I want to love as I serve- to choose to love in and through all that I do.

How is that possible?

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Only by God’s grace.

Day by day He can cultivate a spirit of thankfulness- of gratitude- within us.

Sometimes I just start going through the motions.  And in my spirit, I may feel unappreciated for another load of laundry, another time vacuuming, dusting, and putting away toys.

There are immense possibilities that lie in each moment– God is waiting to bless us if we would just stop and see, look and love.

Lord, help me to inject all these menial tasks with love.  Fill my heart with gratitude as I seek you in all these things.  May love pour out of me as I go throughout my day- never hesitating nor dreading a task- but seeing the potential of doing all in love and worship of you. All honor and glory is Yours.  Now and Forever.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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9 Responses to Don’t Forget the Love

  1. Jaimie says:

    Thank you for this sweet and gentle reminder… service without love isn’t honoring to God at all. But when we let His love be the basis for everything we do, well, that’s our “spiritual act of worship.” :)

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Jaimie. It is amazing and so humbling how God continues to use my children to teach me so much about Him. Even seeking to speak about spiritual things in simple language reminds me of what’s really important in this life. To give glory to God and serve Him everyday. God bless you.

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  3. I’m linking up from Leaving a Legacy, and I loved your thumbnail, Rachel! I did that with my kids when they were younger. Of course they were mortified, but that only spurred me on 😉

    I enjoyed your sweet thoughts about serving your family with love. That really is what it’s all about, and it sets such a great tone for your whole house. Your children will rise up and call you blessed for it!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Susan

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Susan. Your message brought a smile to my face this morning. :) I humbly hope and pray, by the grace of God, to be a Proverbs 31 woman- all for God’s glory. God bless you.

  4. Yes! Serving others in love so they know who Jesus is, that’s what matters most of all!

    Blessings~
    Shari

  5. Diana Denis says:

    I had to click the link when I saw your picture. AWESOME! Looks like you were enjoying your ride:) But your last paragraph, your prayer, is what will really stay with me. This blessed me. Thank you.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you Diana! I love to sing in the car. :) So glad you stopped by. All praise and glory to our God- so awesome that He uses us to encourage one another on this journey. God bless you.

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