Yesterday, I read a devotion from Loop that I can’t forget. I’ll share it at the end of this post, but for now, I want to share the lines that are staying with me, particularly now because of everything happening in our world
“My love in you is what equips you to give freely and love without boundaries. Only when you love freely, with your personality and with your gifts – can My freedom be experienced in you. And that is what people find captivating.”Loop
We’re living in a time when people are telling us where we can go and what we can do and that, right now, it’s best and safest not to draw physically close to one another.
And this strange reality could shut us down. It could make us close ourselves off and hide away, could make us put up walls that no one could ever hope to get through.
But I think we have an unprecedented opportunity that could put all the darkness of this time to shame.
Yes, we could turn inward and forget about everyone around us.
Or we could love people with an uncommon love and give with an uncommon generosity.
I’ve seen evidence of both, but I’m choosing to believe that the uncommon act of loving without boundaries will prove the stronger.
Because while it’s painful and unknown to not be allowed to gather together, we don’t have to be physically present to love well.
“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone.”Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)
So, send a message to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long while. Make a meal and leave it at someone’s door. Create something that will put a smile on people’s faces. Check on your neighbors and show kindness to strangers. (It doesn’t have to be anything grand, just genuine.)
Because the boundaries that are in place really have no power to stop us from loving others at all.
How have you been showing love and generosity in all the madness? I’d love for you to share.
Here’s the Loop devotion if you’d like to read the whole thing: