Happy new year everyone! If you have been on social media in the past two weeks, I'm sure you've seen a slew of articles on resolutions, advice, and recommendations on how to start the new year right. Many of the articles include useful and encouraging ideas, but my favorite piece was shared by a Covenant youth pastor.
Dan Pratt, of the greater Detroit area, articulately expressed this goal:
In 2016 I have only one resolution. To ask myself, in every situation, "What does love require of me? " When I'm impatient with someone I want to ask "What does love require of me?" In my family, in my work, in my self-care and in my walk with God. When I'm talking to someone that drives me bonkers or when I'm driving. When I'm deciding how to spend my time, energy and money I want to ask "What does love require of me?" Live free. Love well.
And what does love look like?
'If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.' 1 Corinthians 13
I agree whole-heartedly with Dan's aim and I plan to ask myself this same question often in the coming months- "what does love require of me?"- as I pursue living in Christ-like love and holiness.
I am excited to see how our Lord shows Himself through those who are seeking to live lives centered in Him. My prayer for all us is that we may each improve our reflection of Christ as we pursue moments with Him. May you see God's hand in the mighty and the seemingly-mundane of this year, knowing He is with you always!
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