Why We do
This is probably one of the most important questions you could ask. Why? What could possibly send someone out to do this? Love and gratitude can be our only motivations, if we do this for any other reason we should stop now. What about obedience and duty? What about performance or ambition? What about doing it because it just feels good? The truth is that obedience, duty, performance and ambition, and most of all doing it because you “feel good” are the antithesis of unconditional love. We love without the hope of reward. We love without the hope of church growth. We love without the hope of great feelings. We love even when we are hated or cursed. We love because we have been loved, and are being loved, and that love is so great that it overwhelms our lives and flows into the lives around us, lives just like you. We are grateful that the love which we have experienced came at a great cost, the very life of our Savior Jesus and that He poured out this unconditional love upon us. We had nothing but dirt and pain to offer Him, but that didn’t matter to Him, He loved anyway. So, now, we love anyway, His love through us to you. And then the miracle of life happens and you are healed, cleansed of hurts and rejection, filled with love, and then you too share that same amazing love to others.
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 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.
If I have the gift of prophesy 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.
Greater LOVE has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
A new command I give you: LOVE one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
When we look at the crowd, is that all we see?
Are we, can we be brave enough,
if only for a moment,
to look into the individual faces, into their eyes?
Are we willing to understand that each one has a story to tell,
a life full of experiences, good and bad, that just like us,
has brought them to this moment in time and place?
And then are we willing to reach out and touch a hand, to share a moment that says I care, I'll walk a few steps with you...?