Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
“Every day should be distinguished by at least one particular act of love.”
Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 26.
The word “particular” in this quote caught my attention. I think if we go into each day looking for a particular opportunity to show love, the probability that it will happen increases.
Related to generosity, what if we looked for particular opportunities to bless others rather than wait for them to come to us? God has uniquely positioned us to bless others around us. Are we?
For example, I’ve traveled a lot lately so I took the day off with my wife to bless her. We enjoyed a scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park (pictured above). That was my “particular” aim yesterday.
Here’s a practical tip. At the start of each day, ask God to show you someone you can serve and bless. At the end of each day, reflect on what particular opportunity God put in your path. How did you respond?
Sometimes we step up and other times we miss these opportunities. I find that I miss them when I am focused on myself rather than looking for ways to bless and serve others. What will your particular act of love look like today?Read more