It’s been four months since my last article and for those of you who have been wondering my existence, I took a spiritual sabbatical to find my life’s true purpose and calling. Throughout that time I discovered and found God in my life and since then, I been striving to be the most thoughtful, loving and giving person I can possibly be, simply because my heart tells me so. While the heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body it can also pump volumes of love that can penetrate deeper than the deepest ocean. In my opinion, this hollow, cone-shaped muscle approximately the size of your wrist with the weight of 10 ounces is the most powerful, resilient and multidimensional organ in the human body. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/human-biology/heart1.htm
As humans we all have felt the feelings of love, praise, betrayal, isolation, disappointment, faith, rejection, joy, anxiety, pain, hope, acceptance and trust just to name a few. For some people, their lives are filled with joyous memories and events yet for others their lives are filled with unexplained and continuous hardships too difficult to endure and bear. Sometimes these hardships are too painful too share so we decide to face it on our own and hope our joy comes in the morning. As far as I can remember, my life consisted of trials and hardships that consumed every fiber of my being allowing me to drown in worry, pain and insecurity for numerous years. I often wondered why do bad things happen to good people? Why me when my heart is full of endless love and compassion? No matter how many times people disappointed me I always forgave, I kept my eyes above the water and I turned the other cheek. Deep in my pain, I continued hoping and praying that the grace I bestowed upon them will one day remind them to bestow grace towards others. Love is more than a word that comes out of your mouth, more than what is printed on a card or on a frame and more than what is seen in a movie.
Love is the selfless act one can give to another through acts of kindness and placing people’s needs first instead of yours. Unconditional love often seen between parents and children are one of a kind and absolutely precious. How about applying unconditional love with friends, family, relationships, neighbors, strangers and the “outcasts” of society? In a world where status, wealth, titles, physical appearance and other baseless “qualifications” set the tone on how to treat people we should shift our focus by examining people’s hearts and actions. Life is short so why does tragedy need to occur for people to finally wake up and change? Take a chance and start loving people unconditionally now. For example, if your spouse cheated on you (as difficult as it is) learn to forgive and don’t let anger and pride destroy your marriage, remember that love is the root and the reason that brought you and your spouse together. If a friend or a colleague betrayed you, learn to forgive and extend an olive branch because living in peace although in pain is greater than hate. If you see a homeless person have compassion and buy him a sandwich or a beverage because in their eyes you are their angel. If you see someone being picked on at work or at school, befriend and invite her in even if doing so may severely undermine your reputation. If someone is crying for help, make time to listen, offer him a hug and lend your support. My parents used to tell me “life is an ocean and until you enter someone’s life you’ll never understand nor appreciate the magnitude and depth of that life”. Over the years, I have read numerous self-improvement, leadership and historical books to gain inspiration and enlightenment; however, the positive takeaways from those accounts were always short-lived. Since the sabbatical, I now grasp the essence of unconditional love by having read the story of Jesus Christ. Having accepted Christ into my life exactly two months ago, I’ve made it my purpose to live each day by extending grace, mercy, favor and love to all those around me because unless your life is perfect we all need it sometime.
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but a croaking rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, 'jump,' and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere.
So no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
I Corinthians 13:1-3