Let all that you do be done in Love.
This profound sentence is an OMG moment in my life. When I realized what Paul is telling me in this letter to the Corinthians, I experience an AHA moment. This is not possible.
After all, I teach and am constantly confronted by the unfortunate fact that many students attend class totally and completely unprepared. They just do not complete the assignments, resulting in my monologue, not a discussion of main ideas from English prose. I’m supposed to be angry and reprimand the class for the poor performance. I guess when I was learning how to teach I cut the class that told us to be mean and avoid any signs of understanding that today’s students are under a great deal of pressure.
The simple fact is: I love my students. Even if they have not performed to the best of their abilities, I do not show anger toward them, simply because most of them are struggling both physically and psychologically by attending class four or five times a week, and work half or even full time.
I also find that I love all people. The other day, I was approaching campus on a road with a very strict 25 MPH rule, so much that there is often a police car, just sitting there. A little pseudo-sports car passed me on the right in a right turn only lane; he then cut in front of me, turned right into the parking lot, and race across the lanes to grab the first available space. I verbally expressed my love for this young man, feeling sorry for his lack of preparedness to be in class on time.
Love and laughter, not anger, will bring a happier day to this young man.
You and I are God’s beloved children; we are way more effective and influential when we turn to each other and not against each other. The only way that we can succeed, tear down the walls that separate us, and, defeat all forms of injustice, anger, and hatred is when we celebrate our diversity, not condemn us for it.
May all we do, be done through sharing God’s Love, paving the way to a Life of Love.