Have you ever measured the value of a gift by the effort put into giving it?

We’ve all been there. We receive a gift that we know was picked up last minute. Even if it’s a good gift, one we really like, our thoughts go the lack of effort put into giving it. We’ve all heard it said, “It’s the thought that counts”.  When we want someone to know how much we care, we go out of our way to show it. Love is measured by personal effort and sacrifice. The more someone gives of themselves, the greater their love is shown.

There’s no better time than the present for us to show great love for others, because nothing is easy right now. Even smiling at someone requires effort with social distancing and covering our face with masks to prevent the spread of germs. So, go out of your way to show you care, make the effort to tip your hat, wave, use a sign. When you show you’re willing to do whatever it takes to smile at someone, the love factor of your smile increases exponentially!

We are called to show God’s great love to others, so let’s look at what we can do, rather than what we can’t do. Let’s seize this pandemic moment as our opportunity to show sacrificial love to others and let’s do it intentionally. Let’s get creative, work with what we’ve got and look beyond the mask to see & meet the needs of those around us.

Instead of hearing “restricted and not gathering”, let’s hear “maximum capacity” and gather safely. Let’s use Zoom calls as places to listen and learn about the needs of others. Then make a plan to show some love and meet those needs.  When attending interactive church services, don’t just listen, send out those hearts, make comments, engage, and let God’s love flow!  

Wherever, whatever, whoever – let’s not hesitate or hold back for any reason. No limits!

Let’s give it all we’ve got. Let’s lay down our lives to show a greater love during these tough times. For such a time is this!


John 15:12-13 - “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

September 17, 2020 — Leann Maxwell-Muir
Tags: Love

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