Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and Love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31-32, NIV).
February is the month of love.
Red heart boxes filled with chocolates, long-stemmed red roses, and store shelves of valentines remind us to say, “I love you” to someone special. It’s as if the commercial world believes we would never stop to say, “I love you” if they didn’t provide this reminder once a year.
The truth is, maybe we wouldn’t. How often do words of love, affection, and compassion come out of your mouth? How often do actions of love, affection, and compassion flow from your life?
Of all the candy during this time of year, my favorite is the candy hearts that have words on them. Frankly, I pay very little attention to the words and almost never give one away because the message expresses some deep emotion I want to convey. Instead, I tend to eat them without notice of the message, chewing two or three at a time. I only eat like colors together, prefer the orange, and dislike the pink because it tastes like Pepto-Bismol.
I pray I’m not that selective in how and to whom I convey love. What about you? Do you pick the candy hearts with the right message and the ones that are the right color or flavor, or do you embrace them all?
He didn’t command that we love those who we choose. The command is to love your neighbor, all of them. Just how generous is your love?