I love basketball.
I love games (video).
I love being creative.
I love the Bible.
I love character stories.
I love my friends.
I love team building.
I love team work.
In light of being in the fourth week of our Advent series in our Sunday morning service, this blog describes the culmination of those aforementioned loves. Love is often flippantly used in instant gratification western societies. What we love at this moment dictates what we do at this moment. The aforementioned items are things I strive to epitomize the word love. I have spent my life playing basketball. I have studied aspects of playing the game, studying those playing the game, and virtually experiencing playing the game. For me, it’s not a self-serving art. Instead, I do those things to meet, empower, and encourage (socially and spiritually) people all over the world.
Love, by its definition, is sacrificial. When I create something new, I sacrifice renewing something else. When I follow the Bible, I sacrifice being able to embrace socially supported fantasies that are temporal in nature. When I build a team, I sacrifice being the star.
We, as Christians, celebrate Christmas to remember what Jesus did on (probably) an autumn day 2,000 years ago. He sacrificed comfort, the ability to just snap His fingers and be the all powerful One, and a portion of time in eternity. He sacrificed them because He love(d)(s) us. The Creator of the universe desire(d)(s) to be with us. Because of our sin, we squandered that togetherness (like a Rubik’s Cube when you try to change one side but don’t know the proper sequence). We needed a spotless lamb to reconnect us to the Holy Father; enter a hero stage right. That is love.
This holiday season, ponder what you love. We can love food, especially if it means we are preparing it for others. We can love presents if it means we are buying our people underwear because they NEED it. We can love traveling if it means seeing our family and friends, gleaning wisdom from the strong and encouraging the weak.
“3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
Do you love others or yourself? Answering that will answer the question, “what do you love?”