DAILY WISDOM NUGGETS:
LOVE IN MOTION
_”For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”_ *_-John 3:16_*
Narrates Mother Teresa, _One night a man came to our house and told me, “There is a family with eight children. They have not eaten for days.” I took some food and I went. When I finally came to the family, I saw the faces of those little children disfigured by hunger. There was no sorrow or sadness on their faces, just the deep pain of hunger. I gave the rice to the mother. She divided it in two, and went out, carrying half the rice with her. When she came back, I asked her, “Where did you go?” She gave me this simple answer, “To my neighbours – they are hungry also.” I was not surprised that she gave – because poor people tend to be generous. But I was surprised that she knew they were hungry. As a rule, when we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves we have no time for others._
Across the world today, Valentine’s Day, people celebrate love; what exactly this four-letter word means to them, though, I cannot say. This much I know, however: _”The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them” (John 15:13)._ If I may ask: are you willing to give up your life even for your parents, spouse, children? Would you, in trying to save someone in extremely dire circumstances, be willing to give up your life so they can live on? Saint Maximilian Kolbe comes to mind at this point. In leading someone to faith in Christ Jesus, would you be willing to work for their salvation as far as spilling your lifeblood? Indeed, as we are told in Hebrews 12:4, even _”In struggling against sin, [we] have not yet resisted to the point of shedding [our] blood.”_ Now, if against something as dangerous as sin we more often than not do not go as far giving up our very lives to resist it, I can only wonder how many of us would actually sacrifice even a bodily organ like the kidney – and you can donate a kidney and still live a normal life anyway – even to someone whom we claimed to love more than our own selves.
Indeed, today, many of us may not be called to die physically for others – but in myriad other ways we’re all called to _die a little,_ in order that other people may live fuller lives. We can sacrifice some of our pleasures, money, time, skills and what have you, in order to put smiles on the faces of others. Today, we celebrate love – but how much love are you putting into this day and every other day of your life? Is your love dormant or in motion? Can it be seen and felt? Is it alive?
*”WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS LIFE.”* _-Mahatma Gandhi_
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