Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Serving = Wellness
I was reading this article the other day, and it got me thinking, serving others is so underrated. Loving others is so underrated. It's always been about everyone's three favorite persons: Me, Myself and I.
The kind of love I'm talking about is not that kind that's sung about in love songs, portrayed in films or idolized by society. There's a kind of love that is not an emotion (and if you didn't know that such a kind existed, dude you have some serious research to do. Go google "Greek words for love"). It doesn't give you butterflies, make you feel giddy and air-headed. It's much deeper than that. It's the kind of love that Jesus talked about in John 13:34-35 when he said,
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
In the original Greek text, the word for love used is agape. Agape is the ultimate love - it's the kind that tells you to be patient and kind when there's no good reason to do so, the kind that kept that old married couple together when they didn't feel that they liked each other anymore, and the kind that kept Jesus so willing to die for a spiteful, hateful people so that at least some of them could be saved. Agape keeps going where feelings give up. It's a decision, it's an action. It's what true love looks like.
The article I mentioned is on love and serving, so if you haven't already I highly recommend you all to check it out here.
Today, take the time to learn what agape is, then put it to practice. Remember how fantastic you feel mentally and physically when you take the focus off yourself and selflessly serve someone else? It's not coincidence. Agape is healthy.