Today and tomorrow, I am going to try to choose love. I may even try the next day and the day after that, it might catch on and I'll choose it the rest of my life. I know, it will be tough at times. There will be times Steve will make me angry and I'll want to let him know how angry I am, but I will try to refrain and choose love instead. There will be articles or comments I will read that will offend me and I will want to tell them off but instead I will choose love. I will come across people I don't understand and that don't understand me and I will want to write them off, but instead I will choose to love them. There will be people who unfairly judge me and my beliefs and I will want to judge them right back, but I won't I will not let them affect my choice to love.
Like most choices there will be consequences. Each time I choose love, here are some of the consequences I am expecting, vulnerability, grace, growth, forgiveness and perhaps a little love in return. I know, some of you are chuckling or maybe even rolling your eyes, some of you know already that there will be days I will fail, but I'm not mad at you for knowing that about me, in fact I love you anyway!
" One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” "
-Mark 12: 28-31