1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)
Love shows up: by Bob Goff
Submitted by Pastor Nolan
On one of my trips to Africa, I got malaria. There’s not a good version of malaria, but I got a really aggressive kind, and it just about killed me. You learn a lot about love when you end up in the hospital. Love brings your favorite breakfast to spare you the stale pancakes or smuggles a puppy in an oversized purse. Love holds your hand when the doctor finally comes in the results. Love stays for hours on the faux leather chair next to your hospital bed, maybe overnight if necessary.
Great love leaves little doubt, because great love shows up. Great love doesn’t go away, and it never has an eye on the clock to see when it should call it quits. When you’re in need, you learn about great love because you see people go all in to ease the burden a bit.
But you don’t need an emergency to show great love. We have the opportunity to show up for one another in simpler ways every day. When we drop what we’re doing to listen to someone who needs an ear, we show them we’re for them. When we honor our neighbors by knowing their names, we tell them they’re worth an entire parade.
Great love is about consistency showing up, which is both easier and harder than it seems. It’s easier because it’s something each of us can do. We don’t need to come up with money for extravagant gifts or publish poems in their honor. But it’s harder because it demands our time when you’re tired, our homes when we’re full, or our attention when all we want to do is retreat. What’s your next move? Who could you reach out to? Great love makes itself available time and again. It shows up.