This morning in class, my professor shared her hope that she could help us learn not only to earn a degree, but also to become more loving people. She reminded us that every encounter we have with every individual has the potential to either help or harm. She encouraged us to consider this as we move about our daily lives and to look for opportunities to be kind to others.
She then shared the touching story of how she donated a kidney to one of her friends who was dying from kidney failure. She made the selfless decision to love, even if it meant literally sacrificing a piece of herself and potentially shortening her own life. She joyfully and wholeheartedly gave of herself so that another could live.
As I looked around the room through my tear-clouded eyes, I could see that most everyone in the class was also moved by her story.
This story pointed me straight to the cross—to the One who made the ultimate sacrifice so that I could live. What if we, as Christians, were known by our selfless love? What if we lived in a way that pointed the lost and broken to the cross?
I doubt most of us will be asked to donate a kidney this week. Still, we will be encountering individuals every day that have no idea how much their Father loves them. Lets take advantage of any opportunity we are given to share, in our words and deeds, the beautiful truth of what He has done for us.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
– John 13:34-35