What Are You Good At?

16 09 2011

It was the neatest moment. I was sitting in a room filled with people, watching a little girl snuggle in with a woman she clearly adored. The woman wasn’t her mom, or an aunt, or a relative, just a friend from church who had invested her heart in this little girl.

The little girl curled her legs around her friend and settled in with a book in her lap. They spent a few minutes reading and talking, playing and tickling. The woman kissed her brown hair, telling the little girl that she was very good at recognizing her colors and numbers. The little one looked straight into the eyes of her friend and said, “You are very good at loving.”

Being very good at loving is one of the best compliments I have ever heard. This little one looked at her friend and didn’t remark about her ability to cook, clean, or be creative. She didn’t comment on her clothes, her car, or her possessions. She didn’t make a note about how hard she works or how pretty her hair is. She looked at her heart and spotlighted her love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

If there is anything in the world that Christians should be good at, it should be loving. Love should define us – our actions, our words, our motives, our perspective, and our priorities. Love should shape us. It should influence every step we take, dictate the direction of our eyes, and overflow from the core of our souls. If the world can see nothing else, it should be able to look at a Christian and say, “You are very good at loving.”

My Jesus Resolution today is to be deliberate about being loving. I am going to make being loving my number one priority. I am not going to rush through it, be distracted from it, forget to do it, or worry around it. I am going to love boldly, purposefully, openly, and joyfully. Being loving aligns my heart with Jesus. It opens my life to His power, and draws me deeper into His will. I want to be very good at loving. What are you good at?


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17 09 2011
Paula Schreiner

I felt so blessed to be able to attend the Ladies Day at Northwest Tampa recently. It was truly uplifting.

1 10 2011
Shirley Talley

I was at the Ladies Day as well. I agree with Paula.

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