I love receiving packages in the mail. I am 30 years old and I am like a child on Christmas morning every time the mail arrives. Excited and expectant, I opened a box last week to find a Kal Barteski designed t-shirt from a company called walk in love. Walk in Love is a lifestyle brand dedicated to selling well-designed products with a simple reminder: Imitate God by loving others every chance we get. Kal Barteski is a talented artist who designed the shirt based on the Bible passage 1 Corinthians 13. Last year, Kal designed some amazing tote bags for Girls’ Globe and I have loved her work ever since! The past several months, I have been meditating on one question:
What does it mean to love well?
In my life, I have known what love is and what it is not. Love can build up as fast as hate can tear down. I have experienced unconditional love through my family’s acceptance and support. I see love every day in the faces of my nieces and nephew who, no matter what, are for me and I will always be for them. These are children who know they are loved. This week, love has revealed itself in the birth of my newest niece. Love has revealed itself through close couple friends who work in equal partnerships. Love has revealed itself in the darkest brothels and on the highest mountain peaks. Love radically changes, renews and restores.
In the depths of pain and in the fullness of rejoicing love is present most.
When I talk about love I am not referring to just romantic love (though it most definitely applies) but love beginning with family, community, neighbors and those you may not even know. Love is messy, vulnerable, life changing and beautiful. Love is always a choice. A decision to keep pursuing based on what you know rather than what you may feel. This decision meets others at their point of need. Love is worth the effort. In exercising love you look past your needs, wants, and fears. Love looks out for the good of others.
Loving well is a grace filled process. I have not always loved well. When you see the difference that love makes in others lives you cannot help but be compelled to strive towards love.
In the pause, I hear Him say:
Diane, my Love Is…
Patient and kind towards you. It is present and pursues you. My love has kept no record of wrongs but only rejoices over you with truth. This deep love I have for you endures all and speaks hope, peace, protection and joy into the very core of who you are. It preserves your well-being.
My Love never fails.
This is how I know what Love Is. If I only do one thing in life I want to love people greatly and deeply.