A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 (NASB)
Purpose comes in many forms – family, service, ministry, career, success. I’m sure you can think of others. It’s as individual as we are. And yet, as we mature and experience life, we are given repeated chances to learn that it isn’t about us, that we acquire satisfaction and purpose by participating in God’s love for others.
I recently read a passage written by Tony Snow several years ago before he lost his battle with cancer. Tony shared his heart about what sickness had taught him. I found myself moved by his description of finding true purpose and fulfillment in life by sharing in God’s love for others.
I began to think about this in my daily life and in my interactions with others. As a result, I became more aware of participating in God’s love for others in the present moment. That day I stopped to drop a bill into the Salvation Army bucket as I walked into the grocery. I picked up the small food box for the local pantry inside and I was more attentive to smile at the clerk as I checked out. It’s not that I wouldn’t have done these things on occasion, but after pondering Tony’s words, I felt a new sense of purpose in “participating” in God’s love for others.
You see, our love isn’t perfect, is it? But God’s is. We get self-absorbed as we go about our day. It’s not that we’re trying to be unloving, we just get busy and preoccupied with life’s trivial matters. Tony’s illness offered him the opportunity to shift his attention from the things that don’t matter to the things that do. When we think of God’s rich and lavish love for us, it is exciting to realize that we can participate in that kind of love. As we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can walk in love. It is our privilege to be a part of something that is greater than ourselves.
May God bless each of us as we find true satisfaction and purpose in participating in His love for others!