4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV
While scrolling through my Facebook feed, a story about a mother teaching her daughter about crushes caught my attention. The mother encouraged her daughter to replace “love” with her crushes name while reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 out loud. The action made the child question whether she really liked her crush or not. (Full story found here).
The story was meant to remind us to use the Bible as a guide when it comes to liking or falling in love with someone. However, to me, I think it is another way to remind us to better ourselves in the way God wants us to be.
Replacing “love” with my own name allowed me to see where I am lacking. But also empowers me to become what 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 paints. I want to be more patient, I want to be more kinder, I do not want boast about myself, rather, I want to uplift others and empower them. I want to continuously be forgiving. I want to protect, trust, hope, and persevere.
I want to be love.